Arrest made: Woman found dead in south Fayetteville, homicide investigation underway

Crime scene tape surrounds three houses in South Fayetteville while police investigate an apparent homicide at 510 S. College Avenue.

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Update: David Browning (mentioned below) has been charged with capital murder in connection with the homicide of Shirley Wolfe, police announced late Friday night.

Police are investigating a homicide after a woman was found dead in south Fayetteville.

Officers discovered the body of Shirley Wolfe, 76, of Fayetteville, inside a home a 510 S. College Ave. after responding to a report of a stabbing at the residence shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Neighbors told NWAOnline that a man known as “Kansas City Dave” lives in the house.

A July 28 police report shows that David Browning, 55, of 510 S. College Ave. was arrested in connection with felony terroristic threatening and aggravated assault on a family or household member. He was later released from jail on $5,000 bond.

According to the county jail intake report, a 55-year-old homeless man named David Browning is currently listed as an inmate who was arrested early Wednesday morning in connection with charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental operations. Browning was reportedly stopping traffic and yelling at drivers near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and School Avenue. The police report from that incident states Browning was “soaked in water and his feet were bloody.” When asked why, he told police he fell into a creek after drinking too much vodka.

While police would not say if the two incidents were connected, they have spoken to a “person of interest who is currently in custody on unrelated charges.”

Detectives are also looking for 34-year-old Fabian Perales, who they say may have information about the homicide.

Perales is likely driving a gold 1998 four-door Toyota Camry with Arkansas license plate 487-RBH, according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the case, including the possible whereabouts of Perales, is urged to call Fayetteville police at 479-587-3555.

The investigation is continuing.