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Arkansas Republican Found Wrapped In Blanket, Shot To Death: Report

Linda Collins-Smith, a former Arkansas state Sen (R) was found dead from a gunshot wound in her home this week, KATV reports.

Collins-Smith, 57, was reportedly found in her Pocahontas, Ark., home with a gunshot wound, Ken Yang, her former press secretary, told the station.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long Collins-Smith had been dead when her body was found, but she was reportedly wrapped in some sort of blanket and her body had begun to decompose.

Yang told KATV that her neighbors heard gunshots a day or two before officials found her body.

The incident is being investigating as a murder, and the state medical examiner may formally identify the body as early as Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Randolph County Sheriff Kevin Bell said authorities do not believe the public is in danger, according to Region 8 News. The sheriff’s department is leading the investigation with assistance from Arkansas State Police.

The Arkansas GOP acknowledged Collins-Smith’s death on Twitter, saying she “was a passionate voice for her people and a close member of our Republican family.”

Collins-Smith represented District 19 in the Arkansas state Senate but lost her reelection bid in 2018. Before that, she served in the state House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013.

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