2 bodies found in Arkansas believed to be Kansas couple

GREAT BEND, Kan. — Authorities say the bodies of a couple who recently disappeared from a Kansas fairground have been found in a shallow grave in northwest Arkansas.

Van Buren, Arkansas, police spokesman Jonathan Ware says the bodies were found early Wednesday near Natural Dam in Crawford County.

The victims have been identified as Alfred “Sonny” Carpenter and Pauline Carpenter.

Van Buren police took three people into custody after the bodies were found.

Wichita police spokesman Charley Davidson says the victims were from Wichita.

Barton County Attorney Amy Mellow said the victims disappeared from the county fairgrounds west of Great Bend in the last few days. They were believed to be vendors at the fair.

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