MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

July 19, 2013

Police seek man for questioning

Investigators think BA resident may have info in slaying of NSU professor

By Wendy Burton
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A man wanted for questioning in the May 31 slaying of a Northeastern State University assistant professor eluded police Thursday, said Jessica Brown, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation public information officer.

Joshua John Schneider, 33, of Broken Arrow is wanted for questioning in Tiffany Rene Maher’s death, Brown said.

Tulsa police officers responded to a sighting of Schneider’s vehicle in midtown Tulsa about 3 p.m. Thursday. Officers pursued the vehicle but lost him, she said.

“We have two warrants on him. One for false declaration of ownership of property and one for being in violation of the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry Act,” Brown said. “We are searching for him based upon those two warrants, and he is wanted for questioning in the homicide.”

Bonds for each of the warrants are set at $100,000, Brown said.

Maher, who taught chemistry at NSU, failed to show up at an academic conference in Kansas. An NSU police officer discovered her body at her home.

Maher’s red 2011 Ford Fiesta was found at Stonehaven Villas Apartments in Tulsa near 81st Street and U.S. 169 a few days after Maher’s body was found.

Schneider, a former Checotah resident, has prior felony convictions in McIntosh County for second-degree rape, possession of a stolen vehicle, and uttering forged instruments, according to online court records.

If you have any information on Schneider’s whereabouts, call 911 or the OSBI at (800) 522-8017.

City Editor Elizabeth Ridenour contributed to this report.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

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If you have any information on Joshua John Schneider’s whereabouts, call 911 or the OSBI at (800) 522-8017.