Investigations surrounding the unrelated deaths of Brian Williams and Thomas Lake Patterson are still pending at the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Bill Hickman said this morning.
The body of Williams, formerly an inmate at Union County Jail, was found several days after he was taken into custody on an outstanding bench warrant. According to autopsy results from the Arkansas State Crime Lab, he died of acute peritonitis and ischemic bowel resulting from the stress of methamphetamine on a preexisting heart condition.
Reiterating his update in November, Hickman said UCSO investigators are still attempting to locate one last person they suspect was involved in Williams’ drug use prior to his admittance to jail in September 2011.
Also pending is the investigation into the hit and run death of Thomas Lake Patterson whose body was found on Morning Star Road in June 2011.
The chief deputy said the two suspects who volunteered to take polygraph tests both passed. However when asked if this exonerated them, Hickman said, “Well that’s a tricky question.”
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