- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Independence County Sheriff’s Office says a missing Batesville woman has been found dead near Malvern and her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Sheriff Steve Jeffery says the body of 64-year-old Linda Jo Stingley was found Wednesday in a wooded area near Malvern - about 140 miles southeast of Batesville. Some of her personal possessions had been found earlier in Bryant - which is about 110 miles southeast of Batesville and is between Batesville and Malvern.

Jeffery says Stingley was last seen about 9 p.m. Monday as she was leaving work at an assisted living center in Batesville.

Stingley’s body was sent to the state crime lab to determine the exact cause of death.

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