The state crime lab has completed the processing and testing of a vehicle “of interest” in the Casey Crowder abduction and murder case and are now awaiting the crime lab report, according to Desha County Sheriff-elect Jim Snyder.
“We released (the vehicle) to the family this afternoon,” Snyder said. “The crime lab is finished with it and we’re waiting for the report.”
Snyder said he doesn’t know if the crime lab found any evidence that would link the white Chevrolet pickup truck to the 17-year-old Pine Bluff girl who disappeared during the early morning hours of Aug. 27 after running out of gas on U.S. 65 at Dumas while returning home to Pine Bluff from her boyfriend’s house at Pickens.
“We won’t know until we get the final report and they said it would be next week,” Snyder said . He declined to identify the owner of the vehicle, but did say it belonged to a Southeast Arkansas man.
Crowder’s body was found in eastern Desha County on Sept. 2, six days after she disappeared.
Snyder said police are still following leads in the case.
“We’re following leads every day,” Snyder said. “Most are turning out to be dead ends but now and then we get a lead that is beneficial to us.”
Asked if any of those leads involve a party Casey reportedly attended the night before she disappeared, Snyder said police do have information she attended a party but it was a brief visit.
“She picked her boyfriend up and after a short stay, left,” Snyder said. “I do believe that to be the case.”
Snyder said police believe they may know why Casey was killed but declined to disclose the possible motive. “We don’t have anything in stone as to why this abduction and murder took place, but we think we know,” he said.