Former Arkansas Senator Linda Collins-Smith Found Dead, Reportedly From Gunshot Wound

Former Arkansas senator Linda Collins-Smith was found dead in her home.
State and local law enforcement are investigating the former politician's death.Facebook/Linda Collins Smith

The suspicious death is being investigated by state and local law enforcement.

A former state senator from Arkansas was found dead at her home Tuesday, reportedly from a gunshot wound.

Linda Collins-Smith's death is being investigated as a murder, according to her former press secretary, Ken Yang.

Neighbors reportedly heard gunshots a day or two before her body was discovered, Yang told KAIT-TV. 

The Randolph County Sheriff's Department, which is leading the investigation, declined comment Wednesday when contacted by A message left with the Arkansas State Police, which is helping investigate the former politician's death, was not immediately returned.

Collins-Smith was a Democrat when she was elected to Arkansas' House in 2011. She switched to the Republican party during her first term. She was a conservative who advocated for gun rights and was anti-abortion.

She was elected to the state senate in 2014, but lost her 2018 re-election bid.