On Saturday, February 22, 2014 at approximately 10:30 am, Pope County Dispatch received a call that a fisherman found a body floating in the Arkansas River near Sweeden Island. The Pope County Sheriff’s Office, Pope County OEM, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas State Police and the Pope County Coroner’s Office responded to the area and retrieved the body of a deceased male. No identification was found on the male subject. The Pope County Coroner’s Office turned the body over to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner for identification.
At approximately 2:30 today, February 24, 2014, the Medical Examiner called to confirm that the body found was that of 31 year old, Michael Shane Caldwell, who was reported missing on January 16, 2014.