CBS Little Rock affiliate KTHV reported the remains were found outside Collins-Smith’s home in Pocahontas. Authorities were unable to identify the remains until they were studied by the state crime lab.
The state police said in a statement the agency received confirmation the remains were Collins-Smith’s Thursday morning. “Special Agents of the state police Criminal Investigation Division along with deputies of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department are continuing their work related to the case,” the state police said. –CBS News
Law enforcement sources reported that police responded to a report of an individual with a gunshot wound around 8:44 p.m. Wednesday. Inside, they found the 53-year-old Nichols deceased.
Nichols represented Norman in the Oklahoma Senate from 2000 to 2012, and had been a senior policy adviser to House Speaker Charles McCall at the time of his death.