POCAHONTAS – Former state Senator Linda Collins-Smith was found dead today, according to multiple media reports. The former legislator represented a large part of Northeast Arkansas from 2014 to 2019 before being defeated in a contested party primary.
According to NEAReport.Com, Collins-Smith’s body was found earlier this evening. Neighbors reported to the news outlet that the former Senator was shot, which was later confirmed to Little Rock television station KATV by her press secretary Ken Yang.
“Today, we learned of the untimely death of former Senator Linda Collins Smith,” the Republican Party of Arkansas said in a statement. “She was a passionate voice for her people and a close member of our Republican family. We are praying for her loved ones during this difficult time.”
Prior to becoming a legislator, Collins-Smith had operated a Days Inn and Suites hotel in Northeast Arkansas for several years. Her former husband Philip Smith, who she was divorced from last year, was a circuit court judge in Pocahontas.
Her death is reportedly being investigated as a murder.