Johnson County Sheriff Jimmy Dorney said the body of a 55 year old man from Clarksville was found near the Highway 109 bridge that spans over the Arkansas River. The body of James Corbishley, a 55 year-old Clarksville resident was pulled from the Arkansas River by members of the Johnson County Dive Team on Sunday at approximately 5:00 p.m.
At 1:00 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a call of an abandoned vehicle on the Highway 109 river bridge. State Police Troopers arrived on the scene and discovered the vehicle was operational but no one was around it.
The vehicle was moved from the bridge and the Johnson County Dive Team was notified. Dive teams from Pope and Logan counties were also asked to provide assistance.
The dive team set up a command center at Spadra Park and launched boats from there. While en-route to the bridge, a body was discovered near the bank approximately 400 yards east of the bridge.
The Johnson County Coroner was brought to the scene via boat. The body of Mr. Corbishley was taken to the Horsehead Recreation Area (Tick Hill) and transported to the coroner’s office.
The body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy. The sheriff is awaiting autopsy results from the state crime lab to determine a cause of death.
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