Husband in custody, charged in the death of wife found fatally shot inside Miller Co. home


MILLER COUNTY, Ark. (KTAL/KSHV) – The search for a Southwest Arkansas man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his wife is over after deputies found him walking along a rural Miller County road Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, 54-year-old Curtis Carnley was taken into custody without incident on Miller County Road 5 in the southern part of the county around 2 p.m., just 15 minutes after a warrant was issued for his arrest on a charge of first-degree murder. Deputies found him after getting a tip from a citizen that he might be walking in that area.

While the warrant was just issued, police had been searching for Curtis Carnley since Monday afternoon, following the discovery of his wife’s body in their home on Miller County Rd. Deputies responding to calls from family members who were concerned about 44-year-old Trisha Carnley forced their way into the home and found her inside.

Family members said they had not seen or heard from her since Sunday evening. Investigators believe she died from a single gunshot wound.

The home was searched for evidence and Trisha Carnley’s body was taken to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the manner and cause of death.

At last word, Carnley was undergoing a medical evaluation before being booked into the Miller County Detention Center, where he will be held without bond pending his first appearance in court later this week.

The sheriff’s office says the investigation into Trisha Carnley’s death remains active.

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