Tornadoes Result in Four Deaths in Benton County Storms – Fourth Victim Found in Creek

BENTON COUNTY, Ark. — The recent storms that ripped through Benton County on May 26 proved to be deadly, claiming the lives of four individuals, according to county officials. Among the casualties was a 61-year-old woman who tragically lost her life as a result of severe weather.

Coroner Daniel Oxford confirmed that the woman’s body was discovered in Little Sugar Creek on May 28, east of Highway 72. The unfortunate incident marked the fourth death linked to the destructive storms that wreaked havoc in Benton County, leaving a trail of devastation in their wake.

The toll of lives lost included a woman who perished when her oxygen device failed due to power outages, 80-year-old Linda Dorey who was struck by a falling tree in Monte Ne, and Christopher Jaglin, 59, who met a tragic end while kayaking on Sugar Creek that Sunday morning.

Originally, another death was thought to be storm-related due to a reported heart attack, but has since been determined to be unrelated to the severe weather. The community is reeling from the aftermath of the destructive storms, as residents continue to grapple with the emotional and physical toll of the tragic events.

In times like these, communities come together to support one another through the healing process. As Benton County mourns the loss of these individuals, the resilience and strength of the community shine through as they work towards recovery and rebuilding after the devastation.

Our thoughts are with the friends and families of those who lost their lives in the wake of this natural disaster, as they navigate through this difficult time and begin the journey towards healing and restoration in the face of such overwhelming loss.