LITTLE ROCK — The body of a real estate agent who had been missing since Thursday was recovered from a shallow grave at a concrete company in the Cabot area early Tuesday, authorities said.

LITTLE ROCK — The body of a real estate agent who had been missing since Thursday was recovered from a shallow grave at a concrete company in the Cabot area early Tuesday, authorities said.


Beverly Lyn Carter, 49, a Scott resident and an agent and broker with Crye-Leike Realtors of North Little Rock, disappeared Thursday after setting out alone to show a home in the Scott area. Arron Michael Lewis, 33, of Jacksonville has been charged with capital murder and other offenses in her death.


During a news conference Tuesday at the Pulaski County jail, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Simon Haynes said investigators believe Lewis was the person Carter had planned to meet to show a home before she disappeared. Haynes said Lewis did not know Carter and that she apparently was "a target of opportunity for him."


Haynes would not say how or where Carter died or whether Lewis stole anything from her. He said a second person was interviewed in the case but is not considered a suspect, and that investigators believe Lewis acted alone.


Electronic data, including data from Carter’s phone, aided investigators in identifying a suspect, Haynes said, but he would not say what specific information led investigators to Lewis or to Carter’s body.


Haynes, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley and Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay praised the work of the law enforcement officers who put in more than 1,200 man hours on the case. They acknowledged that the community wanted more answers than they could provide at this stage.


"Events like this stain the soul of our community," Jegley said. "They leave scars, and we know that. And we also know that many of y’all are wanting answers that simply can’t be given at this time, and we would ask you to understand because these guys have a lot of work to do yet. But rest assured, we will see it through."


Carter was last heard from about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when she called her husband, Carl Carter, to say she was going to show a house in the Scott area, according to the sheriff’s office. Carl Carter became concerned and went to the house a few hours later, where he found his wife’s car, with her purse inside it, and discovered the door to the house was unlocked.


Little Rock police arrested Lewis on Monday morning on a kidnapping warrant issued in connection with Carter’s disappearance. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Carl Minden said investigators questioned Lewis for over 12 hours, during which he admitted kidnapping Carter but would not divulge her whereabouts.


After being questioned, Lewis was booked into the Pulaski County jail. Minden said that a short time later, investigators obtained information that led them to Argos Concrete, where Carter’s body was found.


Lewis wrote on his Facebook page on July 19 that he had just been hired by Argos.


On Tuesday morning, Lewis pleaded not guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court to charges of capital murder, kidnapping, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.


Jegley said Tuesday it is to soon to say whether his office will seek the death penalty for Lewis.


Carter’s family issued a statement Tuesday thanking the law enforcement officers who worked on the case and all others who helped in the search efforts or provided love, support and prayers.


"We are devastated at the loss of our precious Beverly. There is now a hole in our hearts that will never be filled," the family said in the statement.


Several Crye-Leike employees attended Tuesday’s news conference, a number of them wearing red company T-shirts. Several wiped away tears as the officials spoke.


After the news conference, Crye-Leike broker David Goldstein read a statement from company owners Harold Crye and Dick Leike.


"To those who knew and worked with Beverly, she was a gracious mentor, quick to help a new agent by providing them with a listing to hold open or just encouraging them," the statement read. "She had an infectious laugh that brightened the whole office; a beautiful smile that warmly greeted those she met or work with. Yet she was also the top listing agent in a competitive office."


Goldstein said he believes agents will be more careful about meeting alone with people they do not know.


"I believe that at least in our community right here, things will change. I don’t believe that agents should ever go out and meet anybody (they don’t know)," he said.