Missing mom Tara Strozier was kidnapped, tortured; body found weighed down in pond, investigators say

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LEFLORE COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) says three men have been arrested after the body of a woman missing out of Ft. Smith, Arkansas was found in a pond near Rock Island in LeFlore County.

On July 19 the Fort Smith Police Department listed 40-year-old Tara Strozier, a mother of three, as a missing person.

Strozier was last known to be driving a black Volkswagen Jetta with Florida license plates.

Fort Smith Police requested the Leflore County Sheriff’s Office assistance after information indicated Strozier was possibly last seen in the Cameron, Okla., area. 

On July 24, a black Volkswagen Jetta was found abandoned in a private drive in Cameron. The LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office suspected foul play after the car was located without any sign of Strozier.

On July 26, the Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI investigative assistance.

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 have identified three suspects in the disappearance and murder of Strozier – Alex Nathaniel Davis (30), Austin Johnson (23) and Kaelin Hutchinson (24).

On July 29, Davis admitted to killing Strozier while Johnson was present. After she was killed by the pond, they weighed her body down and threw her into the pond.

Strozier’s body was found yesterday evening.

Davis, Johnson and Hutchinson were all arrested on July 29, and booked into the LeFlore County Detention Center.

Davis is charged with Murder in the First Degree and Kidnapping. Johnson is also facing a First Degree Murder charge and Hutchinson is charged with Obstruction of an Officer.

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