Person of Interest Sought in SAU Horse Theft Case

Law enforcement authorities at Southern Arkansas University are hoping the public can help them locate a person of interest connected to the theft of five horses from the school's stables last year.

On Nov. 2, five Quarter Horses belonging to student members of the school's collegiate rodeo team were taken from the Mulerider Stables in Magnolia. A horse trailer and a variety of equestrian equipment also taken from the stables were recovered shortly after the incident. Four of the missing horses and the remains of the fifth horse were later recovered in McCurtain County, Okla.

Jaci Rae Jackson of McCurtain County, Okla., was later charged with six counts felony theft of property in Arkansas, and three felony charges in Oklahoma including bringing stolen property into the state, knowingly concealing stolen property, and cruelty to animals in connection with the thefts. The cases remain pending.

On Jan. 16, SAU spokesman Jeremy Langley said that Southern Arkansas University Police are seeking William Hamilton, also known as Billy Hamilton and Billy Mitchell, for questioning in connection with the thefts.

Anyone with information about Hamilton's whereabouts should call the SAU Police Department at 870/235-4100 or their local law enforcement agency.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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