LEFLORE COUNTY, OK. (THECOUNT) — Tara Strozier, the Arkansas woman reported missing July 19, has been found dead in a pond near Rock Island, Oklahoma.
Alex Nathaniel Davis, 30, Austin Johnson, 23, and Kaelin Hutchinson, 24, have been identified as the three men arrested in Strozier’s death.
OSBI says Davis admitted to killing Strozier while Johnson was present. They say the men killed Strozier by the pond, weighed her body down and threw her into the water.
Strozier, 40, was last known to be driving a black Volkswagen Jetta with a Florida license plate.
The LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Fort Smith Police Department to search for Strozier following a tip that she was possibly last seen in the Cameron, Oklahoma, area, according to 5newsonline.
According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), a black Volkswagen Jetta was found abandoned in a private drive in Cameron. Due to the car being located without Strozier, foul play was suspected. The LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI’s help in the investigation.
Based on a joint investigation between OSBI, the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Smith Police Department, authorities believe Strozier was tortured at a mobile home off Neblett Ridge Road in Cameron before being murdered by a pond near Rock Island.
The three suspects are facing first-degree murder charges, and Hutchinson has also been charged with obstruction of an officer.
Geo quick facts: Le Flore County is a county located along the eastern border of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 50,384. Its county seat is Poteau. The county name honors a Choctaw family named LeFlore. Le Flore County is part of the Fort Smith, AR-OK Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.