Missing Man Bridge


A Mississippi man whose abandoned car was located in Southeast Arkansas last month is believed to have been murdered and dumped off the Greenville Bridge into the Mississippi River, according to an affidavit for an arrest warrant for the Lake Village man suspected in the man’s disappearance.

Robert Ross of Jackson, Miss. was last seen on March 28 when he picked up his payroll check at a Jackson business then headed for Arkansas, reportedly to visit a friend. He hasn’t been seen since.

His abandoned vehicle was discovered several days later in a ditch along Arkansas Highway 160, ten miles east of Portland near the Ashley-Chicot County line.

While investigating Ross’ disappearance, investigators obtained cell phone records indicating that the missing man had been in contact with a phone number registered to Shalynn Childs, the sister of Norvell Childs, Jr. of Lake Village.

Both Norvell Childs, Jr. and his sister were interviewed.

Norvell Childs, Jr. reportedly told investigators that he spoke with Ross on the phone and planned to return to Mississippi with him, but changed his mind. He said he never saw Ross after he arrived in Arkansas.

Childs sister told investigators that her brother told her that he had killed a man, according to the affidavit for the arrest warrant.

She said she was at her mother’s home after she got off work at midnight on March 28, when her brother arrived at the home in a car that did not belong to him. She said her brother told her that he “did something bad” that “he had shot a man and the car belonged to that man,” according to the affidavit.

The Chicot County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous phone call from someone saying he saw a body wrapped in a comforter being dumped off the Greenville Bridge. The caller said blood that was transferred from the body to the bridge during the dumping was subsequently covered with black paint.

Investigators located the area of the bridge where the body was said to have been dumped. Evidence was collected from the site for analysis, according to the affidavit.

The Lake Village Police Department also received information from an anonymous individual said to be acquainted with Childs. That individual reportedly told Lake Village Police Capt. Bob Graham that Childs told him that he had killed Ross and disposed of his body by dumping it off the Greenville Bridge.

Childs was arrested on probable cause of first degree murder. He is being held in the Ashley County jail on a $250,000 bond.