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Memorial service for Collins held at Capitol; investigation still sealed

LITTLE ROCK—A special memorial service was held Tuesday morning at the Arkansas State Capitol where friends and family gathered to honor the remembrance of Linda Collins. Although details of Collins’ murder investigation remain sealed, the family is urging the public come forward with any information they may have.

“If you believe that you have pertinent information regarding Linda’s case, please contact the Arkansas State Police or the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department,” said the Collins’ family in a statement on Tuesday.

Following the discovery of Collins’ body on June 4 outside her home at 4023 Highway 90 West in Pocahontas, investigators noted the condition of the body prevented any immediate positive identification. However, her identification would be confirmed on June 6 by the Arkansas State Medical Examiner. While it’s widely believed she died of gunshot wounds, as of Wednesday morning, the official cause of death has yet to be released by the Arkansas Crime Lab.

Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce said Monday that investigators are currently working all leads and have not ruled out anyone as suspects yet. Regarding the murder of former Oklahoma State Senator Jonathan Nichols in the days following the discovery of Collins’ body, he said it’s highly unlikely that they are connected in any way.

According to the initial press release issued by Boyce’s office on June 5, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office first responded to the scene of the crime at around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, where they immediately began securing the crime scene. The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigative Unit was dispatched along with forensic examiners from the Arkansas State Crime Lab and the body was sent for autopsy. Third Judicial District Judge Harold Erwin issued the order sealing the documents and statements obtained by police during the pendency of the investigation, also on June 5. Randolph County Sheriff Kevin Bell would speak about the release during a short press conference held Wednesday afternoon in the Randolph County District Courtroom, but noted that was all the information they could give at that time.



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