Nicholas Fernow

Benton Police Department responded to a welfare concern call just after 2 a.m. Saturday at a Grayson Drive residence. Upon arrival, officers discovered 28-year-old Minnie Fernow of Benton deceased due to traumatic injuries.

Her husband, 28-year-old Nicholas Fernow, also of Benton, has been arrested and charged with Murder in the First Degree, a Class Y Felony. BNPD Criminal Investigations Division detectives have assumed the investigation, which remains ongoing. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS. Anonymous tips may also be sent via text to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the message, via the official Benton Police Department app available on iTunes and Google Play or at