DATELINE: Pulltite Group Campgrounds, Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
Well-known anthropologist John Boddy was found dead yesterday at Pulltite Group Campsite #3. The cause of death is not known, but the Shannon County Sheriff's Department and the National Park Service are treating the case as suspicious.
Police rushed to Pulltite Campground after receiving an emergency phone call from an unidentified camper staying at Group Site #3. Mr. Boddy was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 8:15 pm. Six individuals with close ties to the area have reportedly been detained for questioning.
A reliable souce connected to the investigation stated Mr. Boddy's body was found near the fire ring at the campsite, but early indications suggest the deceased was moved there from another location within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
Shannon County deputies and Federal agents carried out a search of the Pulltite Campgrounds and six items commonly found in the Ozark Riverways have reportedly been identified for further study.
Leading the investigation is Inspector David J. Winston who refused to confirm a murder weapon has been recovered in the neighborhood; however, items collected in the area include:
HELD FOR QUESTIONING
The six indivduals with known ties to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways who have been held for questioning are:
An Osage Indian chief said to be buried on top of the mountain known to this day as Cardareva Bluff.
In 1913, Illinois doctor C.H. Diehl bought Welch Spring for $800. Dr. Diehl built a hospital over the mouth of Welch Spring Cave, believing the pollen free air would be beneficial for people with respiratory problems.
The legendary namesake for the Jacks Fork River, Captain Jack was a Shawnee Indian who canoed and camped along the river with his tribe.
A ficticious character, Jack Timber, represents the many lumberjacks who descended upon the Riverways at the beginning of the 20th Century to clear-cut the virgin pine forests that once graced the mountains.
Another ficticious character, Miss Mort, represents the teachers who educated pioneer children and locals in one-room schoolhouses until the late 1950's.
A beloved veteran ranger now retired from the Ozark Riverways, Bill Terry is a legend among park visitors for his passion and dedication to serve and protect the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers.
As the fabled FloatFest embarks on its 41st annual voyage, all particpants will become paddling gumshoes in our very own version of CLUE, the boardgame.
With a murder to solve, six weapons and six suspects, the only thing left to consider is where the homicide took place. To assist with finding the right location, the FloatFest will feature a custom CLUE boardgame complete with nine possible venues where the dasterdly deed may have occurred:
So get ready super sleuths, the FloatFest awaits with a deadly mystery to solve, and one of you will be the master detective to take home the grand prize: a FREE trip to next year's 42nd Annual FloatFest.
But beware, the FloatFest is loaded with crazy twists and turns and more details will be shared onsite as the plot and mystery thickens on CLUE: A Death At Pulltite.