"At 3:31 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired in the area of 1132 Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs.
"Officers arrived on the scene at 3:58 p.m. and discovered the body of 37-year-old Melinda Gayle McCready on the front porch of the residence at 1132 Fox Chase.
"Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"At this time, family members have been notified of the incident.
"Ms. McCready will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy and the matter will be fully investigated."
McCready’s first album, “Ten Thousand Angels,” was released in 1996 and reached No. 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.
The album yielded three Top 10 country singles. They are “Ten Thousand Angels,” “Guys Do It All the Time” and “A Girl’s Gotta Do (What a Girl’s Gotta Do.”
She continued to record through 2010, but none of her subsequent albums or singles matched the success of her first effort.