The Fayetteville Police Department is investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the Niokaska Creek bed at Gulley Park Saturday morning.
As of Saturday afternoon, police had not released the identity of the man. Once that information was released, KFSM was the first to report the 36-year-old man’s name (see below).
We spoke to a couple of local residents who were walking a dog next to the creek Sunday morning. They said they had heard about the body and were anxiously awaiting word on whether or not there was any foul play involved.
We’re still waiting on that information, but below is a summary of what a few local news outlets have so far reported.
Police say the victim is Jason David Stapleton of Fayetteville. Stapleton had identification on him when police arrived to investigate.
Tony Campbell was the one who first spotted the body and called police. “I looked down and I saw just this shape and I thought it was fake, I thought it was a scarecrow,” says Campbell.
“He was wearing jean-camo pants and tennis shoes,” Campbell said. “He had really, really short brownish hair. His head was fully submerged in the water. His eyes were opened.”
Saturday afternoon, [Police Sgt. Bill] Phelan said the body had no signs of trauma. He said the body would go to the Washington County Coroner’s Officer and then to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office.
Niokaska Creek at Gulley Park (Photo: Todd Gill)