Tammy Young stated that her mom was okay when she left on the 16th at approximately 2:00 PM to stay the night with a friend. Dale Young stated that his mother-in-law was sitting in her recliner and was waiting on Melanie Yates to come and take her to a Doctor’s appointment when he left her on Tuesday morning July 17th at 5:00 AM; he was there along with Nicholas Saunders and Melissa Ward. Mrs. Yates stated that she arrived at the residence to pick Donna up and she did not come to the door, she stated that she tried to contact Tammy and couldn’t reach her, so she left. Mrs. Yates stated that she came back at 9:30AM and Donna still wouldn’t come to the door, so she tried to call Tammy again and made contact with her. Tammy came home and busted into her mom’s bedroom to find her not there. Melanie and Tammy contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report Donna was missing.
Chief Deputy Mike Surrett, Deputy Ricky Jones, and I went to the Young residence (#27 Havard Lane, Houston, AR.) and searched the entire house, its outbuildings, and the curt ledge of the property. There was no sign of Donna Young anywhere on that property. Ms. Donna Young’s dentures, purse with her debit card, and her orthopedic shoes were still at the residence.
Chief Deputy Mike Surrett along with Arkansas State Police Investigators questioned Dale Young, Nicholas Saunders, and Melissa Ward because they were the last ones to see Donna before she came up missing. All three individuals confessed to playing apart in her death, but none confessed to actually killing her. Evidence shows that Donna Young was murdered at her residence. Nicholas did lead us to where he took Donna Young’s body. Nicholas took Donna Young’s body approximately 5.3 miles west of Havard Drive and left her on the north side of Stony Point Road, approximately 43 feet from the road. Donna Young’s body was recovered and she will be taken to the Arkansas Crime Lab to determine an actual cause of death.
Dale Young, Nicholas Saunders, and Melissa Ward have been charged with Capital Murder and are being held in the Perry County Jail with no bond.