Tahlequah Daily Press

July 25, 2013

Authorities: Girlfriend of wanted man may have changed hair

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Authorities on Wednesday received “credible information” that the girlfriend of a man wanted for questioning in a local professor’s death may have changed her appearance in an attempt to avoid being identified.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said 37-year-old Heather Black, who is believed to be on the run with 33-year-old Joshua Schneider, may have changed her hair color to a darker tint, and also may have cut it short.

Black is not wanted for a crime, but authorities do want to speak with her boyfriend, Schneider, who is sought for failing to register as a sex offender.

Investigators also want to question Schneider as a person of interest in the death of Dr. Tiffany R. Maher, who was found dead in her Tahlequah home in late May.

Schneider and Black eluded investigators in midtown Tulsa when authorities attempted to stop him. He later ditched the car and left behind his 2-year-old, police said.

Investigators have followed up on a number of tips, but have so far been unable to locate the couple. One source confirmed that investigators searched a campsite and located a partially burned cell phone, which was collected and sent to be analyzed. That source said authorities had information that Black’s children were staying at the campsite.

Schneider stands about 5-foot-2 and weighs around 130 to 150 pounds, while Black is also about 5-foot-2 and weighs about 230 pounds.

Tahlequah police detectives say Schneider has used numerous aliases on dating websites to meet women. While they have released specific information, authorities said Schneider had at least “some connection” to Maher.

Anyone with information about the location of Schneider or Black is asked to call the nearest law enforcement agency, or the OSBI hotline at (800) 522-8017.