Body Found In Polk County Identified

Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer announced today that the human remains recovered by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on August 9, 2022 have been positively identified as Erin T. (Pepper) Lawrence (age 42) of Hatton, Arkansas. 


Erin Lawrence was reported missing to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in April 2020.


Sheriff Sawyer stated “ Since the initial missing persons report was filed, Deputies and Investigators have conducted over 100 interviews in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Nebraska. They’ve done an outstanding job investigating Erin’s disappearance.” 


On August 8, 2022 an inmate in the Polk County Detention Center took Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to a shallow grave in a wooded area west of Hatfield. The remains were recovered the next day and sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab. 


Sheriff Sawyer stated that a case file has been sent to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and that he anticipates criminal charges being filed in the coming weeks. 


9-6-22 1:29 PM KAWX.ORG