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Family Credits “Never Forgotten” Event With Giving Them Peace


August 7, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge praised the law enforcement agencies who worked closely with the family of Suzen Cooper to locate and identify her remains over the weekend. Hot Spring County Sheriff Mike Cash announced Monday that remains found Friday in Hot Spring County were identified as belonging to Suzen Cooper. Leaders of the Arkansas State Crime Lab, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Attorney General’s Office met with Suzen’s sisters on July 17 at the annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event.

“I am happy that Suzen’s family now has some answers and can put her to rest,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Yesterday’s announcement shows the importance of the Never Forgotten event and how building relationships between the public and law enforcement can bring hope and long-sought answers to the loved ones of the missing.”

“That event (Never Forgotten) helped. Being around all those people gave me peace,” said Suzen’s sister, Misty King.

“Keeping good rapport with law enforcement is key,” said Suzen’s sister, Teena Latture. “We just wanted her found.”

“This event that’s hosted every year by the Attorney General is critical to families to let them know that we will never forget them and we will always be there to listen, give advice and hopefully help to bring their loved ones home,” said Arkansas Crime Lab Director Kermit Channell.

Suzen Cooper, 45, was last seen in Malvern in September 2016. Her family has worked tirelessly to find justice for Suzen.

Donald Smith was arrested and charged with capital murder in Suzen’s death on July 27. Her remains were found August 3 in Hot Spring County and sent to the state medical examiner’s office to identify the remains.

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