On Wednesday, 10/10/18, at approximately 11:40 AM, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a dead body found on the Mountain Fork River along Polk Road 38, west of Hatfield, Arkansas. A short time later, Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office located the body of a white male in the rocks along side the river. The victim was identified as Don Earl Smith, age 60, of Hatfield, Arkansas. During the investigation conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas State Police, evidence was developed that led to the arrest of John Leonard Mitchell, age 58, of Hatfield, Arkansas. John Leonard Mitchell is currently in custody at the Polk County Detention Center
. He is charged with Murder 1st Degree and Possession of a Firearm by Certain Person.