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Sheriff Bell issues update regarding Collins-Smith investigation

Randolph County Sheriff Kevin Bell, along with Lieutenant Brant Tosh with the Arkansas State Police, held a press conference Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1:45 at the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office regarding the investigation of the death at the home of Linda Collins-Smith. Authorities are waiting for the autopsy results before making a positive identification of the victim.

In the statement, Bell stated:

“I have a brief statement I want to read. At the end of that statement, we will not be taking any questions. This is all the information we can give you at this point. First of all I want to say thank you to the media for all of your patience and cooperation. And I want to say a thanks to the Arkansas State Police for all of their assistance and the Arkansas State Crime Lab. On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the dead body of a female was discovered at the residence of Former Arkansas State Senator Linda Collins-Smith. The condition of the body prevented any immediate, positive identification. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene at around 5:45 p.m. and immediately began securing the crime scene. The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division was dispatched to the scene along with forensic examiners from the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock. The body has been sent for an autopsy to determine the positive identification and cause of death. Third Judicial Circuit Judge Harold Erwin has issued an order sealing the documents and statements ordered or obtained by the police during this investigation. That’s all we have at this time, thank you very much.”

Prosecuting Attorney Third Judicial District Henry Boyce would issue a press release shortly after, reiterating Sheriff Bell.

The Star Herald


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