Tahlequah Daily Press

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July 18, 2013

Person of interest in Maher homicide eludes police

TAHLEQUAH — State law enforcement officials on Thursday began searching for a Broken Arrow man they want to question in the death of a Northeastern State University professor.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents and Tulsa police attempted to stop Joshua Schneider, 33, Thursday afternoon in midtown Tulsa, but he was able to elude officers by driving dangerously.

According to OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown, Schneider is wanted on two Tulsa County warrants, including failure to comply with the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry Act, and false declaration of property. Both carry $100,000 bonds.

But Brown said Schneider is also wanted for questioning in the death of Dr. Tiffany R. Maher, who was found dead in her Tahlequah home in late May.

Maher’s car was later discovered at an apartment complex in Broken Arrow.

According to Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King, Schneider is 5-foot-2, about 130 pounds, and was last seen in a gray Nissan with a tag of 343-BMY.

State court records show Schneider was convicted in 1999 of second-degree rape and was given a 15-year setence.

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