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New York woman jailed after body found at Arkansas farm

This undated photo provided by the Arkansa State Police shows Virginia Colvin. Authorities in two states are trying to figure out why the body of an elderly New York man was hauled more than 1,000 miles in a suitcase and dumped in an Arkansas rice field. Fifty-six-year-old Virginia Colvin faces a preliminary charge of abuse of a corpse. Johnstown, New York, Police Lt. Dave Gilbo says police suspect the unidentified man died of natural causes. (Arkansa State Police via AP)

This undated photo provided by the Arkansa State Police shows Virginia Colvin. Authorities in two states are trying to figure out why the body of an elderly New York man was hauled more than 1,000 miles in a suitcase and dumped in an Arkansas rice field. Fifty-six-year-old Virginia Colvin faces a preliminary charge of abuse of a corpse. Johnstown, New York, Police Lt. Dave Gilbo says police suspect the unidentified man died of natural causes. (Arkansa State Police via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say a body found in a suitcase at a farm in central Arkansas appears to be that of an elderly man who died in upstate New York.

Johnstown, New York, Police Lt. Dave Gilbo says police suspect the man died of natural causes, but investigators don't yet know why his body was taken more than 1,000 miles to the farm in Des Arc, 50 miles northeast of Little Rock.

Arkansas State Police say a 56-year-old New York woman was arrested in Arkansas on Wednesday night in connection with the case. State police say she is being held in the Prairie County jail on a preliminary charge of abuse of a corpse.

State police say another man who is jailed in Arkansas on an unrelated charge is also being questioned.