Body of Jonesboro Woman Recovered in Lake Norfork

Body of Jonesboro Woman Recovered in Lake Norfork

Penny Jane Hellums drowned while boating Saturday.

BAXTER COUNTY, AR-- Baxter County authorities have recovered the body of a woman who had been missing since Saturday afternoon.

The body of 45-year-old Penny Jane Hellums of Jonesboro was recovered by the Baxter County Sheriff's Office at a 12:30 a.m. Sunday in approximately 30 feet of water.

The Baxter County Coroner arrived at the scene and pronounced her deceased. 

The body is being sent to the Medical Examiner at the Arkansas Crime Lab to determine the cause and manner of death.

A man called for help from Lake Norfork saying Hellums had jumped from a pontoon boat and then had trouble swimming.

The man says he jumped in to try to help, but was unable to save her.

The investigation is continuing.

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