Sheriff Cody Carpenter
Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas
End of Watch: Friday, May 31, 2013
Tour of Duty: 16 Years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Drowned
Date of Incident: May 31, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Scott County Sheriff’s Office
190 West 1st Street
Waldron, AR 72958
Phone: () –
Sheriff Cody Carpenter drowned while he and a state wildlife officer were checking for victims of an overnight flash food along the Fourche Lefave River near Y City, Arkansas.
He and the wildlife officer were in a boat when it was suddenly swept away by rising water. Sheriff Carpenter’s body was located the following morning. The wildlife officer remains missing.
Sheriff Carpenter had served as sheriff for 11 years.
The sheriff of Scott County died and an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officer remains missing as the result of flash flooding in western Arkansas overnight.
Daniel Earnest of Prattsville was killed Thursday night when high winds caused a tree to fall on his car. The body of Kasey Aaron Hudson, 18, of Searcy was found Friday morning in Coleman Creek on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus. Hudson is not a UALR student.
Arkansas State Police confirmed that the body of Sheriff Cody Carpenter was found near Y City. Arkansas Game & Fish Commission spokesman Keith Stevens said Carpenter and Game and Fish officer Joel Campara were in a boat checking for victims when it was swept away by rising water on the Fourche Lefave River. The river crosses U.S. 71 south of the Scott County seat of Waldron. U.S. 71 was temporarily closed but has since reopened.
The boat was found. At least one other body – not the missing Game and Fish officer — has been found in Scott County, authorities said, and another person is missing.
Carpenter was vice chairman of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association had been with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office since 1997 and was elected sheriff in 2004.