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The search for Beverly Carter, the Arkansas Realtor who has been missing since Sept. 25, ended tragically early Tuesday when her body was found in a shallow grave about 25 miles north of Little Rock. 

Arron Lewis, of Jacksonville, was arrested Monday morning and now faces the death penalty, as he is being charged with capital murder and kidnapping.

Lewis entered a plea of not guilty to capital murder Tuesday morning.

"Lewis admitted to kidnapping Beverly Carter, but would not divulge her whereabouts," the sheriff's office said early Tuesday.

Lewis was taken to the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility on Monday after his arrest. Investigators said they obtained information that led them to the property where the grave was located.

Lewis told reporters she was chosen because "she was a woman that worked alone — a rich broker."

(See video of the statement below article.)

Lewis denied killing Beverly Carter, and mentioned a co-defendant named "Trevor" when reporters spoke to him as he was being led away in handcuffs. Police have no other suspects.

Carter's family released the following statement:

"We are devastated at the loss of our precious Beverly. There is now a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Mr. Lewis robbed us of an amazing wife, loving mother and grandmother. Her grandkids will never get to know the magnitude of her greatness. We draw some comfort in knowing that she is now in the arms of Jesus. God bless you all."

Family, friends, real estate agents and volunteers had searched for days around a foreclosed property she was supposed to show last Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

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Image: Facebook/FindBeverly

Carter, 51, reportedly told her husband she was going to show a foreclosed home at 14202 Old River Drive to a client she had not met before.

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Pictured: The area around the property, which is rife with bayous, lakes and waterways

The husband told police that he became concerned when by 9 p.m. his wife had not called. He drove to the site and found her brown Cadillac sport utility vehicle parked in the driveway with her purse inside it.

Courtesy of CBS 11 in Arkansas, here is a timeline to date of developments:

Friday, Sept. 26:

Pulaski County deputies shared with the media that crews were searching for Carter after she disappeared while showing a home in Scott, Arkansas, on Thursday. Authorities said that Carter's husband went to the home on Old River Road around 9 p.m. because he had not heard from her in several hours. At the home, he is said to have found her car and purse, but she was not there. He then reported her as missing.

Saturday, Sept. 27:

More than 250 volunteers helped in the search for Carter. They were divided into three groups to search areas near Old River Road, I-30, and Highway 161.

A Facebook page was created surrounding the effort to find Carter:

The hashtag #FindBeverly began to circulate on Twitter.

Sunday, Sept. 28:

Deputies released information on a man named Arron Michael Lewis, 33, who is suspected in Carter's disappearance. He had reportedly been in a vehicle accident and was at Baptist Hospital for treatment. According to Lt. Minden with PCSO, Lewis was a person of interest before he had reached the hospital. Lewis reportedly left the hospital in the middle of testing and a warrant was obtained later in the day. Police have not said how they connected Lewis to Carter's disappearance.

Crews and volunteers continued to search for Carter, but she was not found.

Monday, Sept. 29:

Arron Lewis was reportedly apprehended by Little Rock police at Pleasant Pointe Apartments on Green Mountain Drive. As of 11:30 a.m., Sheriff Doc Holladay said he was being interrogated at the sheriff's office. 

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Carter's body was found in a shallow grave near Cabot, Arkansas.


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