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U Of A Police Identity Woman Whose Body Was Found In Tent On University Property

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)–University of Arkansas Police have released the identity of a woman whose body was found in a tent in an undeveloped area of woods north of 19th Street and east of S. School Ave on Sunday (April 9).

Captain Gary Crain said the woman was identified as Phyllis Thelma Thompson, 45. She was originally from California, but had ties to Bella Vista and Springdale. She was homeless at the time of her death.

Crain said Fayetteville Police and firefighters were initially dispatched to the area, which turned out to be property owned by the U of A. He said the area of the woods where the body was found is nowhere near campus. The woman’s body was discovered at about 7 a.m. on Sunday. Homeless people are known to camp out in the area.

The woman was spotted out in Fayetteville Saturday night, according to police.

Captain Crain said there were no signs of foul play or any trauma to the body. Her body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

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