Flags flown in mourning

The Sentinel-Record 2-25-1977

Black flags of mourning currently are being flown on the radio antennas of all patrol and detective cars of the Garland County Sheriff’s Department in memory of deceased Deputy Linda Edwards.

Sheriff Leon Barlow said Thursday the flags were placed on all cars, both marked and unmarked, after Ms. Edwards’ remains were discovered by hunters Feb. 12 on Jack Mountain.

The flags will stay on the cars until funeral services are held for the slain deputy, Barlow said.

The sheriff said representatives of the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock have told him Ms. Edwards’ remains will not be returned to Hot Springs prior to Monday.

If that proves correct, he predicts the flags will continue to fly through a part of next week before being removed.

Triangular in shape, the flags measure approximately six by eight inches, Barlow said.

He also noted that the use of such flags is customary for all law enforcement agencies when an officer has been killed.

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