Police have arrested two more suspects in connection with the disappearance of Robert Dujuan Ross, the Jackson, Mississippi man who is believed to have been murdered then thrown from the Greenville Bridge into the Mississippi River.
Shalynn Childs, of Lake Village, was arrested on Thursday and Brian Joseph Herrington, 34, of Mississippi, was arrested earlier this week. Shalynn Childs is the sister of Norvell Childs, Jr., the first person arrested in the case, and reportedly is the girlfriend of Brian Herrington.
Ross, 29, 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. It was later disclosed in an affidavit for the arrest warrant for Brian Herrington that there was blood in Ross’ abandoned vehicle.
Norvell Childs, Jr. and Shalynn Childs
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.
Shalynn Childs told investigators that her brother told her that he had killed a man, according to an affidavit for the arrest warrant for Norvell Childs, Jr.
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.
Childs’ brother, 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.
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 he saw blood on the bridge but when he later returned to the site, the blood had been covered with black spray paint.
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.
A separate affidavit for an arrest warrant for Brian Herrington, outlined Herrington’s alleged involvement in the case.
According to that affidavit, police located an anonymous caller who said Brian Herrington had taken a company truck without permission on March 28. When Herrington returned the truck to the Pecan Grove RV Park in Lake Village where they were staying, there was blood in the bed of the truck and on a welding machine. There was also a bloody plastic bag in the truck.
When co-workers questioned Herrington about the blood, Herrington allegedly told them he had run over a dog, wrapped it in a blanket and dumped it off the Greenville Bridge into the Mississippi River.
Investigators located the area of the bridge where the body was said to have been dumped. Evidence collected from the site was later determined by the Arkansas Crime Lab to be blood. Blood was also discovered in Ross’ abandoned vehicle.
Police also obtained a photograph of Norvell Childs, Jr. in the construction company truck that Herrington reportedly took without permission, the same truck that reportedly had blood in the bed, on the welder, and contained a bloody plastic bag, according to the affidavit for the arrest warrant for Herrington.
Another photograph showed a blanket and blood on the bridge, according to the affidavit.
Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen is awaiting Shalynn Childs’ and Harrington’s decision on extradition.
“If they waive extradition they will be returned to Arkansas promptly,” Deen said. “If not, we’ll go through a rather lengthy process with the governor’s office to obtain an extradition warrant.”
Meanwhile, Norvell Childs, Jr., is being held in the Ashley County jail on a $250,000 bond. He is charged with first degree murder and abuse of a corpse.