The Garland County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that remains found on December 16, 2023 have been positively identified as Amir Isaiah Ellis.
The 20 year old was kidnapped during the early morning hours of May 17, 2023 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Three people remain in custody for their involvement with his disappearance.
“This case remains under investigation and we are still seeking the whereabouts of Amir Ellis,” Hot Springs Officer Omar Cervantes said earlier this year.
“In order to ensure a fair judicial process to all parties involved, the Garland County Circuit Court has issued a gag order in relation to this case and we are unable to provide any other information at this time,” he added.
No further information has been released,
If you have any information regarding Amir’s case please contact the Garland County Sheriff’s Office at (501) 622-3660.
The Disappearance of Amir Isaiah Ellis
20 year old Amir Isaiah Ellis was last seen in Hot Springs, Arkansas on May 17, 2023. He was last seen at a friends house where he was taken against his will.
Amir is one of four boys, and is described by his mother as a happy, loving son who adores his family. At the time of his disappearance he was about to become a father.
Loved ones are confident he did not leave on his own accord, as he was close with his family and stayed in regular contact.
Amir Isaiah Ellis was last seen in the early morning hours of May 17, 2023 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
At approximately 1:30 am, a friend dropped Amir off at a female acquaintance’s house located at 101 Rocky Reef Circle in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Shortly after, two males reportedly broke into the home and took him against his will.
Amir hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
He was reported missing by family shortly before 9:30 pm on May 17, 2023.
The friend who dropped Amir off at the home on Rocky Reef Circle told the North Carolina Beat that he dropped him off “around one something” on May 17. He says he then received a call from the girl who lives there, saying two Hispanic guys ran into the house and took Amir.
When the girl was asked why she didn’t call 911 she said she was told not to.
After Amir was reported missing the Hot Springs police issued a be on the lookout (BOLO) for the kidnapping suspects.
On May 27, 2023, the Fort Smith Police Department SWAT team arrested three suspects at a home on North Short 7th Street in connection with Amir’s disappearance.
The suspects, 18 year old Nathaniel Speed, 18 year old Alexia Chambers, and a 17 year old, were charged with felony kidnapping and are being held on a $1 million bond.
Amir’s mother has been organizing search parties, teaming up with family, friends, and members of the community as they search across Hot Springs for any clues as to his whereabouts.
Remains of Amir Found in Garland County
On December 16, 2023, possible human remains were found in a wooded area off Highway 7 North, in the area where several searches have been held for Amir.
The remains were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for DNA testing. Amir’s mother, Jessica, says investigators informed her that the remains belonged to her son.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Office sent out a press release confirming that the remains found belonged to Amir.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Amir Isaiah Ellis please contact the Hot Springs Police Department at (501) 321-6704,