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Beverly Carter's loved ones facing reality as search comes to an end
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Beverly Carter's loved ones facing reality as search comes to an end

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "This case did not end as we had hoped," a somber Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay says as he stands before the public in a Tuesday afternoon press conference with news that the search for Beverly Carter had come to an end.

Holladay continues, "We wanted to do everything that we could to find her while she was still alive. We weren't able to do that." Pulaski County searchers found the missing real estate agent about 20 miles from where she reportedly disappeared on the property of Argos Southern Star Concrete, where suspect Arron Lewis most recently worked. Investigators found Carter's body in a shallow grave.

Real estate broker, David Goldstein says, "There are no words for me to tell you how much she's going to be missed." Carter was a wife, mother, grandmother and friend to so many. Those loved ones looking for explanations -- but leaving the press conference with their questions unanswered. Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley explains, "Many of y'all are wanting answers that simply can't be given at this time and we would ask you to understand."

As loved ones face the reality of the outcome, they fight back tears, remembering the type of person Carter was. Goldstein adds, "If you had a sweet scale. It was Beverly then there was sugar and then there was other sweeteners. That's how sweet she was."

While Carter's legacy lives on the investigation continues. As law enforcement continues to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together in time for a trial. "We're dedicated to getting it right. And we will pay the price and take and make the steps to get it right. You have my promise on that," Jegley says.

In today's press conference investigators said since Lewis' arrest they know law enforcement in other areas are looking at the case to see if there are any similarities to their unsolved cases. Our Gannett partners in Des Moines, Iowa says they are checking with their authorities to see if there is a possible connection between Lewis and the 2011 murder of a real estate agent there.

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