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An initial reward of $500 had been offered by a group of private citizens for information in this case. The Sheriff’s Dept. Friday announced the amount of the reward has now been increased, and a $4,750 reward is currently being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for this fatality hit and run.
Foreman’s wife early the morning of Nov. 3 reported her husband to be overdue and missing since leaving their residence at approximately 10:00 p.m. Nov.2
At approximately 4:13 a.m. Nov. 3 Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Gates found the missing man on the Old Military Road (Baxter CR 55) near its intersection with Baxter CR 69. The man had been struck by a motor vehicle and was unresponsive. Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, but the man, identified as Douglas Foreman, was found to be deceased.
The investigation revealed that Foreman was riding his bicycle heading east in the eastbound lane of Old Military Road. The driver of an unknown vehicle was going westbound on Old Military Road. The driver went across the center of the roadway in a curve and struck the bicyclist head-on.
The man was ejected from the bicycle. The driver of the vehicle dragged the bicycle down the roadway and through the ditch for approximately 90 feet from the believed point of impact before the bicycle became dislodged and the vehicle re-entered the roadway.
The driver did not stop or notify authorities and fled from the scene. Investigators believe the incident occurred between 10:45 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Nov. 2.
Paint samples taken from the crash scene have been sent to the FBI Crime Laboratory in Virginia for analysis. The results from that analysis have not yet been received. In addition, a professional reconstruction of the accident scene was undertaken and has now been completed.
Dozens of citizen tips have been received since the accident occurred. Investigators have spent many hours following-up on the leads, both in Baxter County and out of county.
The Sheriff’s Office renews its request for any members of the public who may have information about this case, regardless of how minor or trivial it may seem, to come forward and make that information known in order that investigators may follow-up on it.
Tips and information can be given to the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division at 870-425-000 or through the anonymous tip line at 870-424-4636. Funeral for Douglas Foreman was held Nov. 7 at Eastside Baptist Church in Mountain Home.
Arrangements were by Roller Funeral Home in Mountain Home.
To view the obituary, click HERE.