By JOSH NEWTON
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.” Media reports from Tulsa indicate Schneider’s vehicle struck others during the chase. Schneider may have gone north on U.S. Highway 169 from about the 31st Street area.
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.
Brown said she could not give specifics as to why the OSBI wants to talk with Schneider about Maher’s death.
Affidavits filed in the case indicate someone attempted to set fire to Maher’s body and her house. Detectives believe she died several days before she was found.
Maher’s car was missing from her home, but was later discovered at an apartment complex in the South Tulsa-Broken Arrow area.
Several search warrants filed in the case have been sealed by judges.
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 the late 1990s of second-degree rape and other felonies out of McIntosh County.
Anyone with information about Schneider’s location is asked to call the nearest law enforcement agency; 911; or the OSBI hotline at (800) 522-8017.