El Dorado Police have found a key piece of evidence in the killing of a local man last week.
A 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck stolen from the home of victim Benjamin Taylor was found on Sunday on a trail in a wooded area between the Memphis Heights and Rhetta Brown area.
Police were notified of the truck's location after someone recognized it as the vehicle police were looking for in the case.
"Finding the vehicle is very significant because one, it's still inside the city. The particular area that it's in and the trail that it was on was actually a trail that's not used anymore, it used to be used by a lot of people walking from one particular neighborhood to another. it's not used very much so really anyone who would have gone down that trail and driven a vehicle down it had to know that it was there, so that's really where we are focusing our search areas," says Capt. Kevin Holt with the El Dorado Police Department (EDPD).
Investigators were able to get some evidence from the truck and continue to ask anyone who has any information on the stolen truck or the homicide to call the EDPD at (870) 881-4845.
Original story (October 19):
Police were called to a home at 909 West Faulkner early Friday morning, responding to a call of an unresponsive man.
"Upon our officers' arrival, they discovered 48-year-old Benjamin Taylor was covered in blood and was in the residence deceased."
El Dorado Police swarmed this neighborhood and blocked it off as they investigated Taylor's murder.
Taylor's son lived with him and is the one who found his father dead at the front of the house and called 911.
As police continue to search for answers, they have determined one thing:
"Our understanding is that he had no enemies. Our understanding is that he was a truck driver so he spent time on the road."
Investigators are interviewing Taylor's family members, including his son and anyone who might have seen him right before he was found dead. They are also looking into one other detail: Taylor's 2005 silver Toyota Tacoma has been stolen.
"If anyone has any knowledge of where that vehicle may be, please don't touch it or go around it or approach anyone it, call your local authorities."
Police aren't sure at this time if there is any connection between Taylor's stolen truck and his death.
Taylor's body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine the exact cause of death.
If you have any information related to this crime, you are asked to call the El Dorado Police at (870) 881-4845.
The Arkansas license plate number to Taylor's Toyota Tacoma is 001 OFB.