The boy's mother allegedly asked him to get the mail in the morning. When she realized he had not returned after a few minutes, she went out to find him. After she could not locate her son, she contacted the authorities around 9:15 a.m.
She told the responding officers that she had noticed "several dogs running from a field near her home."
The 9-year-old's body was later found dead from a suspected dog attack. It is not clear how the officers knew that a dog attack was the potential cause of death.
The Faulkner County Major Crimes Unit responded to the incident, which led to several people being questioned regarding the alleged animal attack. The Conway Animal Shelter was called in for assistance and the dogs were taken into quarantine pending further investigation. The animals reportedly came from a home located on Chambers Lane.
Thus far, no details have been released regarding the names of the dog owners. If any arrests have been made in relation to the case, that information has not yet been released to the public.
The incident took place in Mount Vernon, which is not far from Little Rock, an article from NBC News indicated.
On social media, many people expressed their sympathies and condolences for the family. The majority of users said they felt for the family and hoped they would be able to find a definitive answer as to what happened.
A few Twitter users wrote they hoped the dog owners would be held responsible and charged accordingly. Some had questions about the breed of dogs supposedly involved. Several folks theorized that the dogs who allegedly attacked the boy were Pitbulls.
"I believe there was another young boy killed by dogs in Arkansas several years ago," wrote one person.
"What a horrible piece of news I have ever heard! It is also impossible to imagine. People should take care of their pets, dogs, or cats to prevent them from attacking others, especially children, who don't have the ability to deal with this kind of situation."
"What?! Who didn't hear dogs barking and a 9 year old screaming? Checking the mail takes 2 seconds. There's no way," another user commented.