FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) -- Authorities say a transgender woman found dead this week in eastern Arkansas was shot to death and then likely dragged under a vehicle as the killer drove away.
St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May said Thursday that preliminary autopsy results show 25-year-old Marcal Camero Tye was shot in the head.
Local authorities have ruled out a hate crime, but an FBI spokesman says federal investigators are now looking into the death and whether it constitutes a civil rights violation -- which could include a hate crime.
May says a witness reported hearing gunshots early Tuesday morning, shortly before Tye's body was found. Authorities near Forrest City later found shell casings at the crime scene.
No arrests had been made as of Thursday.
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