6/6/2005 8:14:05 PM
The night Timothy Stone was killed; many anomalies are observed in the official reports that cry out for hard justice. Evidence collected thus far by Susan Townsend, the private investigator hired by the family, confirms that Timothy Stone was murdered on September 23rd, 2003 in Chidester, AR while traveling on Hwy 57. Prior to Tim’s death, Tim and his grandfather made several complaints to law enforcement that Tim had been threatened. When he was killed only days later, officers treated this incident as little more than a mere traffic accident. A critical piece of evidence - Tim’s car - was removed from the crime scene to a privately owned impound yard. This fueled a series of events that only added to more destruction and contamination of said evidence, and severely compromised any viable case for the prosecution.
Richard Milner, appointed Deputy Coroner, has recently changed the official manner of death in Tim Stone’s case from “accidental” to “undetermined.” Mr. Milner has stated profusely that he had been “uncomfortable with the ruling from day one,” but felt pressured by other officials to stand down.
Valuable Polaroid photographs taken at the crime scene by the Sheriff somehow mysteriously “disappeared,” only to miraculously “reappear” just a few weeks ago. More than twenty witnesses have come forward to offer statements in the weeks following Timothy Stone’s death. These statements were video and/or audio taped by Townsend Investigations. Copies of materials were forwarded to the appropriate state and local authorities; however, these officials refuse to make the necessary arrests commensurate with these findings. Even Prosecutor Jamie Pratt indicated that “…. from what I’ve heard and what I’ve seen, we [State] are going to pursue this.” The inconsistencies in this case are staggering. At the very least we can prove incompetence, mishandling of evidence in a crime, and gross negligence by authorities handling the case.
Townsend Investigations have isolated and identified two main suspects. Both of these perpetrators have established criminal histories, including grand theft, larceny, gun theft, and drug abuse. With the family’s permission, we are now releasing pertinent details of the Timothy Stone case file to all members of the press and television media.
*Story contributed in part by John G. Tarsikes, Jr. – a retired police detective and private investigator.