FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Fort Smith police say a 24-year-old woman found dead in rural Crawford County was strangled to death.
Cassie Leigh Cotta was reported missing by her mother on New Year's Eve after the woman didn't show up for work. Cotta's husband, 33-year-old Brent Dan Cotta, was arrested after he led police to her body.
Police say Cotta's body was sent to the state Crime Lab for an autopsy and that there were no signs of obvious trauma on her body.
Brent Cotta has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
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