Doyle’s re­mains found

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NETTE BEARD

The mys­tery stirred by the dis­ap­pear­ance of for­mer Pea Ridge po­lice of­fi­cer Cer­illa Ann Doyle has been solved with the find­ing of bones iden­ti­fied as her in Ma­son City, Iowa.

The bones were pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied through DNA and den­tal records, Doyle’s daugh­ter, Danielle Doyle, said Tues­day. She said she was notified late Mon­day by a de­tec­tive with the Bentonville Po­lice Depart­ment.

“Hon­estly, I was hop­ing they would find her alive,” Danielle said, who said her ma­ter­nal grand­mother was also notified. “They said they found the bones and it looked like she had been there about five to 10 years.”

Of­fi­cer Doyle, known for years in Pea Ridge as “Of­fi­cer Friendly,” went miss­ing Oct. 27, 2008. In April 2018, her fam­ily asked to have her de­clared dead.

She worked for the Pea Ridge Po­lice Depart­ment for nearly 13 years be­fore her re­tire­ment Aug. 8, 2008. Both Cer­illa Doyle and her daugh­ter lived in Bentonville.

Danielle Doyle re­ported her mother miss­ing to the Bentonville Po­lice Depart­ment and said she last talked with her mother the morn­ing of Oct. 27, 2008. She said she re­turned home from work and found her mother’s two ve­hi­cles parked in the back­yard. Her mother left the ti­tle to one of the ve­hi­cles, a power of at­tor­ney and a check made out for $27,067 to her daugh­ter, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

“I’m deeply sad­dened at the out­come, but glad for the fam­ily that they finally have re­solve to this sit­u­a­tion,” for­mer Pea Ridge Po­lice Chief Tim Led­bet­ter said. “Cer­illa was a great as­set to our depart­ment, es­pe­cially in the early years. She was the se­cond hire I made af­ter be­com­ing chief. I could al­ways count on her to per­form her du­ties and be as fair and just with the pub­lic as pos­si­ble.”


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