Police Investigate Body Discovered Outside Ex-Arkansas Legislator's Home

Jun 5, 2019

Then-Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith in 2017. Authorities report she was found shot Tuesday at her home outside of Pocahontas.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Authorities say human remains found outside the home of a former Arkansas lawmaker are those of a woman but that the condition of the body is preventing immediate identification.

The state GOP tweeted Tuesday night that 57-year-old former state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith had died.

State police say the remains were found Tuesday at Collins-Smith's home but cannot say that the remains are hers. Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Prosecutor Henry Boyce said Wednesday that the remains have been sent for an autopsy to determine the identity and cause of death.

A Randolph County judge on Wednesday granted Boyce's request for all documents and statements obtained by police during the investigation to be sealed.