Homicide is defined as the act of one human killing another Murder is the unlawful killing of another. 

Non-Criminal Homicide

Non-Criminal Homicide may be classified as Justifiable or Accidental, such as the killing of another in defense of ones self or another or an accident that results in the death of another person where no negligence or recklessness exists.

Homicide Graph

Criminal Homicide 

Criminal Homicide may be classified as Murder or Manslaughter. Murder may be classified with multiple degrees each representing the gravity or circumstances of the crime. The data represented here reflects Murder / Non-Negligent Homicide. 

Murder Case Closure Rate

According to the Murder Accountability Project (2018*),  The 15 year National Homicide Case Closure Rate between 2003-2018 is 57%. The 15 year Blytheville Police Department Homicide Closure rate is 76% with 42% of those cases closed by arrest within 24 hours and 55% of those cases closed by arrest within 30 days. 

While the Blytheville Police Department Homicide Case Closure Rate is almost 20% higher than the national average we need the public's help to achieve 100%. If you know something about an unsolved murder please contact us or the Blytheville Police Department Criminal Investigation Division or Blytheville Crime Stoppers, where your Tip can earn you cash. www.blythevillecrimestoppers.com

Homicide Closure Rate Chart

Victims and Offenders of Murder

The following graphs and data provide a detail view of the victims and offenders of murder in the City of Blytheville during a 15 year period between 2005-2020. The data shows the highest number of Victims of Murder in Blytheville are Male Blacks from 31 to 40 years of age while the highest number of known Offenders of Murder in Blytheville are Male Blacks from 18 to 24 years of age. 

Murder Offenders Combined
Murder Victims Combined


The total number of Homicides by 15 year increments are as follows*:

  • 1971-1986 (54)
  • 1987-2002 (82) (34% increase)
  • 2003-2018 (86) (4% increase)

The following crime mapping data includes Murder / Non-Negligent Homicides between the years 2005-2020. 

* 2018 latest available data http://www.murderdata.org/

Homicide 45 Year Trend
Crime Mapping Sample