Arkansas ex-lawmaker’s family saddened, angered by her death

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The family of a former Arkansas lawmaker, whose district
included a portion of North Central Arkansas and whose body
was found at her home last week, say they’re saddened and angered by her death
and are confident authorities are using all their resources to solve her

Dozens of Arkansas lawmakers and others gathered at the state Capitol on
Tuesday to remember former state Sen. Linda Collins, whose death is being
investigated as a homicide. The body of Collins, who went by Collins-Smith in
the Legislature, was found June 4 outside her home in Pocahontas.

Police have not named a suspect or announced an arrest in Collins’ death.

The statement was released by Collins’ two adult children and her father.
Collins’ funeral is scheduled for Saturday morning in Pocahontas.

Collins 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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