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Three Oklahoma men have been arrested in connection with the torture and murder of a missing Arkansas mom.
The family of Tara Strozier, 40, last heard from the mother of three on July 17, while she was in Cameron, Oklahoma, but became concerned after they were unable to reach her and contacted police, according to a statement from the Fort Smith Police Department.
Strozier’s black Volkswagen Jetta was found two days later on July 19 “abandoned in a private drive” in Cameron by the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma, who had been called in to assist with the missing persons investigation, according to a release the from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Deputies “suspected foul play” after discovering no sign of Strozier and requested the help of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
“Based on the joint investigation, authorities believe Strozier was tortured at an unoccupied mobile home off Neblett Ridge Road in Cameron before being murdered by the pond near Rock Island,” authorities said.
Authorities said 30-year-old Alex Nathaniel Davis admitted to killing Strozier while Austin Johnson, 23, was present. The pair then weighed her body down and threw into the pond, where it was later recovered.
Davis is now facing charges of murder in the first-degree and kidnapping. Johnson has also been charged with first-degree murder.
A third man, Kaelin Hutchinson,24, has been charged with obstruction of an officer.
It’s not clear what, if any, relationship the suspects may have had to Strozier.
Oxygen.com reached out to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation but did not receive an immediate response.
All three suspects were arrested Thursday and booked into the LeFlore County Detention Center.
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