Former state senator found dead of gunshot wound

A former Arkansas state senator who represented portions of North Central Arkansas was found dead at her home Tuesday evening. According to NEA Report, Linda Collins-Smith is reported by a neighbor to have been killed by a gunshot wound, and law enforcement says it doesn’t appear to be suicide.

Arkansas State Police spokesperson Bill Sadler told the Jonesboro Sun special agents are at a Randolph County residence where human remains were discovered. Collins-Smith’s death was confirmed by her former press secretary.

Collins-Smith was elected to the Arkansas State Senate for District 19 in 2014. The district includes eastern Fulton County and all of Izard, Sharp, Independence and Randolph counties. She lost her re-election bid in 2018 to James Sturch of Batesville.

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