Arkansas police confirm dead body is former state lawmaker

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FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Authorities in Arkansas say they’re investigating as a homicide remains found outside the home of the former state senator who Republican Party officials say is dead. An Arkansas State Police spokesman said […]

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Authorities in Arkansas have confirmed that a body found outside the home of a former state legislator is hers and say they’re investigating the case as a homicide.

Arkansas State Police said Thursday that the medical examiner confirmed former Sen. Linda Collins-Smith’s body was found Tuesday outside her home in Pocahontas, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. Police didn’t provide a cause of death for the 57-year-old lawmaker, but say they’re treating the case as a homicide. Investigators haven’t named any suspects in her death.

The Arkansas Republican Party reported Tuesday that Collins-Smith had died, but authorities initially said they couldn’t confirm the remains found were hers because of the condition of the body.

Collins-Smith lost her bid for re-election in the Republican primary in 2018.

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