The bodies of a Jackson County man and woman were discovered by authorities last night (Friday, July 29th) after a local fire department extinguished a fire inside a Beedeville residence south of Newport.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has requested the Arkansas State Police to investigate the deaths. Special Agents of the state police Criminal Investigation Division are proceeding with a homicide investigation today.

The bodies of Kathy Holloway, 60, and Keith Dewayne Woolbright, 43, were found inside the home at 10214 Arkansas Highway 37 shortly after 8:30 PM. Both resided at the residence.

The manner and cause of the deaths will be determined by the state medical examiner. Meanwhile agents are also working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.