Pine Bluff police officer found dead in her home

Lt. JoAnn Bates (KATV file photo - July 2012)

REDFIELD (KATV) - The Pine Bluff Police Department's public information officer was found dead at her home Tuesday night.

The coroner has not yet ruled on Lt. JoAnn Bates' cause of death and no other details were released Wednesday other than a statement from PBPD Chief Jeff Hubanks saying that her death was under investigation. The statement also said:

"The coming days willbe difficult as we make preparations to say goodbye both personally andprofessionally. A loss such as this brings with it far more questions thananswers and individually we become stunned and inarticulate.

"However, within our group we can find somemeasure of solace and it is a group - a department that we will best navigatethese troubled waters. Let this be atime to come together. There is no morefitting memorial to the life and service of our dearly departed than that webecome a better and more cohesive group .

"May God bless you andkeep you."