Police investigating body found outside ex-lawmaker's home

Authorities in Arkansas say they're investigating as a homicide remains found outside the home of a former state senator who Republican Party officials say is dead

POCAHONTAS, Ark. -- Authorities in Arkansas say they're investigating as a homicide human remains found outside the home of a former state lawmaker who Republican Party officials say has died.

An Arkansas State Police spokesman said Wednesday that the remains were found Tuesday outside the home in Pocahontas, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. Property records show the home belongs to former state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith and her ex-husband, retired Circuit Judge Philip Smith.

Police say the state crime lab is determining the cause of death.

The state GOP tweeted Tuesday night that 57-year-old Collins-Smith had died. State Police declined to identify the victim and said the state medical examiner may confirm the identity of the remains later Wednesday.

Collins-Smith lost her bid for re-election in the 2018 GOP primary.