Fort Smith police officers were called to Southbrooke Apartments at 8201 U.S. 271 South on Monday morning to investigate after a body was found inside an apartment, a news release from Lt. Wes Milam of the Fort Smith Police Department states.
The prior tenant of the apartment was Angela Shores, 43, who was reported missing Sept. 6.
The maintenance supervisor called police to the apartment after he and a fire marshal reported an odor from the apartment. After the fire marshal left the apartment, the maintenance supervisor found a body underneath a pile of items in the highly cluttered apartment. He immediately called police who confirmed a body was in the apartment.
The investigation of last week's double homicide previously led detectives to the apartment, a known address of Angela and Lewis Shores, the release states.
Lewis Shores, 19, the son of Angela Shores, was found Wednesday night after a manhunt in Booneville when investigators determined he was a possible suspect in the deaths of Jimmy Grubb, 81, and Norma Grubb, 79, in Fort Smith. Fort Smith police around 1:45 p.m. Sept. 4 found Jimmy and Norma Grubb dead at a residence in the 7700 block of Hermitage Drive.
Angela Shores was being evicted from the apartment in late July or early August, and reported to apartment management she was leaving by the end of August, the release states. The Fort Smith Fire Department was called to the apartment the morning of Sept. 4 after it was reported a fire was started on the couch inside the apartment. Lewis Shores was suspected of breaking into the apartment after the eviction. During the search for Lewis Shores, detectives went back to the apartment to look for any evidence of the homicide that occurred on Hermitage Drive. No evidence was found, and the detectives moved to another aspect of the rapidly evolving homicide investigation and manhunt.
Due to the disorganization of the apartment, as well as the condition of the body, identification has not been made at this time, the release states. Until positive identification of the body is found, the investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death will continue.