Family offers reward for information on Helena-West Helena homicide; wanted man still on the run


HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — A Mid-South family desperate for answers is offering a $1,000 reward after their loved one was shot and killed earlier this week.

David Coley still being sought after he was not found in a house on Poplar Street that authorities surrounded Wednesday night.

Coley is wanted for first-degree murder and is a convicted felon from Phillips County who was supposed to appear in court recently for felon in possession of a firearm. He is considered armed and dangerous, Police Chief James Smith said.

Smith doesn’t know if he’s still in Helena-West Helena or has left the county.

Stefanie Burns shared a picture of her nephew Paul Eric Amos with WREG on Thursday, a day after the 29-year-old was shot and killed while walking in the area of North 6th Street and Baldwin. According to authorities, a white SUV pulled up next to him and someone inside fired a shot. Amos died in his own front yard, police said.

Two people were initially detained by police in connection to the case, but authorities said their main focus is locating 30-year-old Coley, who they have reason to believe may have been involved. They warned he may be armed and dangerous.

David Coley

Burns told WREG on Thursday that she is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Coley’s arrest. She told WREG that she hopes the money will encourage someone to come forward.

“The family wants Mr. Coley to be brought in, and we want justice served, and we want to find out the truth as to what really happened,” Burns said. “It’s very frustrating that he can’t be found, and it’s very frustrating to the family, and everything that we’re suffering and Eric’s children that are suffering because this has been done to their father.”

If you know where he is, call (870) 572-3441.

This was the third homicide this year in Helena-West Helena.

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