The Conway man suspected of kidnapping and murdering his former wife in Desha County was found dead in Texas, according to State Police.

Texas law enforcement authorities notified Arkansas State Police Thursday evening that 57-year-old Lavern Blackmon was found dead in Conroe Texas. Police believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to an Arkansas State Police news release.

Blackmon allegedly kidnapped his former wife, Viola Davis, 56, of Mitchellville, around 5:30 a.m. on Monday as she left her home going to work. Her body was found a short time later along Kirtley Road, northeast of Dumas.

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