BLEVINS, AR – A Hope man and Blevins woman were arrested Wednesday after the man went missing with his employer’s vehicle Tuesday and the woman allegedly attempted to hide him from deputies.
According to Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, Cody Steed, 26, of Hope, was reportedly last seen leaving Hope Tractor in a company truck around noon on Tuesday, March 20. An employee reported to the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office that Steed was supposed to be on his way to Glenwood for a call but never showed up and wasn’t answering his phone.
Almost 24 hours after Steed reportedly left Hope Tractor, the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and Steed was reported missing.
Deputies contacted Steed’s wife who made a plea to the public on Facebook to try to find her husband. She told deputies that she spoke with Cody at around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and he told her he was heading to Arkadelphia from Murfreesboro but he never came home. She was unable to reach her husband on the phone.
After a Hope Tractor employee notified deputies that the missing truck was spotted at a residence on Highway 371 in Blevins, deputies went to the address and made contact with the occupant, Michelle Dean, 49, of Blevins.
Deputies turned the truck over to a Hope Tractor employee and inquired if Steed was at the residence. Dean reportedly told deputies that Steed had stopped by and ate breakfast Wednesday morning and she had not seen him since.
Deputies requested permission to search the residence. Dean didn’t give permission but said she would go inside and look. Deputies reported observing Dean enter the house and shouting out for Steed. She then reportedly came back out and said she didn’t see him in the house.
Investigators Justin Crane and Jeremy McBride joined deputies at Dean’s residence and were given permission to enter and search for Steed. The initial search didn’t turn up Steed but another resident notified the he was hiding under a cabinet in the bathroom.
Steed was found and placed under arrest for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. While being taken to one of the deputy’s patrol vehicle, Steed reportedly told deputies that Dean grabbed him and put him in the bathroom to hide when she entered the house and shouted for him after deputies initially arrived. Investigator McBride placed Dean under arrest for obstruction of government operations.
Steed and Dean were transported to the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and booked on their charges.