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Driver arrested in woman’s death; victim identified

Ponca City Now - May 8, 2018 2:20 pm

A woman whose body was discovered in the back floorboard of a vehicle near Goldsby on May 2 has been identified, and the driver of the vehicle has been arrested and charged as an accessory after the fact in her death.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman as Shaliah Toombs of Oklahoma City. Toombs was approximately seven to eight months’ pregnant.

On May 2, McClain County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to investigate a body found inside a pickup truck parked on the shoulder of the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 just south of the Goldsby exit. A Lighthorse Police officer had been contacted by a man at a convenience store who told him his truck had run out of gas and  there was a body in the back seat of the truck.

The McClain County deputies located  the truck and confirmed a body was on the back floorboard of the vehicle.

The death is considered suspicious and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been requested to lead the investigation.

The driver of the truck has been identified as Daniel Vasquez. The OSBI said  the death is being considered as a homicide.

The victim was reported missing Sunday night from a southwest Oklahoma City apartment.

Three subjects in Arkansas were taken into custody by Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Two of the subjects were persons of interest in the Oklahoma woman’s death and were interviewed by OSBI agents.

After the interviews, two of the subjects were arrested. Joshua Finkbeiner, 30, and Staci Harjo, 42, were arrested on two counts of first degree murder and are in custody at Cleburne County Detention Center. They are awaiting extradition to Oklahoma.

The investigation is ongoing and further information will be available when warranted.

 

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