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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Defrosting Cold Cases: Who stabbed and dumped Tammy Lynne Jarvis in 2001?

On May 26, 2001 27-year-old Tammy Lynne Jarvis was found murdered in Fort Smith.

Jarvis was stabbed and then thrown from a truck in broad daylight in an alleyway behind the Garden Lodge on North 11th Street.

Witnesses reported that Jarvis stumbled a few feet to the corner after being thrown from the truck.

Despite bystanders rushing to her aid, Jarvis was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

Her official cause of death was due to a single stab wound to the chest.

Stories have circulated over the years that some of the witnesses claim that Jarvis was seen being thrown from a white compact truck with a blue design down the side. The truck may have had Oklahoma tags.

Jarvis, who had been living at the Garden Lodge in downtown Fort Smith, was rumored to have been arguing with a man just a few days prior to her death.

According to a witness, the man that Jarvis was seen arguing with drove the same small white truck (with a blue design down the side) that Jarvis was thrown from on May 26.

According to an article in the Southwest Times Records from June 2017, “The police never even took a proper report”. The article goes on to say, “There is not justice for Tammy, [most likely] because she was a prostitute, and nobody cares to take that case and run with it.”

According to authorities, investigators have interviewed many suspects in conjunction with the murder of Tammy Lynne Jarvis, but her homicide has yet to be solved.

If you have information about the murder of Tammy Lynne Jarvis, please contact the Fort Smith PoliceDepartment at 479709-5100 or Today in Fort Smith at

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