Body of Arkansas mother of three, 40, who was abducted and tortured in an empty mobile home, found aggravated in Oklahoma: three suspects arrested
- Tara Strozier was reported missing on July 19 and her body was found in Oklahoma pond on July 29
- Alex Davis, 30, Austin Johnson, 23, and Kaelin Hutchinson, 24, were jailed over torture and death of women
- Davis admitted to killing Strozier in front of Johnson
- Suspects then weighted the body and threw it into the pond
The body of a woman reported missing in Arkansas last month has been found critically injured in a pond in eastern Oklahoma, leading to the arrest of three men in connection with her kidnapping, torture and murder.
Tara Strozier, 40, a mother of three, was found dead last Thursday in a pond in Rock Island on the Oklahoma-Arkansas state line, about 15 miles southwest of Fort Smith, Arkansas, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced. .
Law enforcement officers have not said how Strozier died.
Alex Davis, 30, Austin Johnson, 23, and Kaelin Hutchinson, 24, were jailed in connection with the deaths.
Tara Strozier, 40, a mother of three, was reported missing in Arkansas on July 19. Her body was found in Oklahoma pond on July 29.
Davis was arrested on first-degree murder and kidnapping warrants after he allegedly confessed to killing Strozier, Johnson on a murder warrant and Hutchinson for obstruction, according to the OSBI.
Strozier was reported missing by her family in Fort Smith on July 19, and the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office asked the OSBI for help after her vehicle, a black Volkswagen Jetta with Florida license plates, was found abandoned in a private drive in Cameron five days later. Oklahoma, about 4 miles southwest of Rock Island.
Investigators believe Strozier was tortured in an abandoned mobile home off Neblett Ridge Road in Cameron, murdered and her body weighted down, then left in the pond, where it was found last week.
Alex Davis, 30 (left), was arrested for murder after allegedly admitting to killing Strozier. Davis said the second suspect, Austin Johnson, 23 (right), was present during Strozier’s murder
A third suspect, Kaelin Hutchinson, 24, has been arrested on charges of obstruction
Investigators believe Strozier was tortured in an abandoned Oklahoma mobile home before her body was weighted down and thrown into a pond
At the time of his arrest, Davis allegedly admitted to killing Strozier while Johnson was present. After she was killed at the pond, the OSBI said the suspects attached weights to her body and threw her into the water.
Investigators have not said how Strozier knew the suspect, nor have they revealed a possible motive behind the murder.
Davis, Johnson and Hutchinson were taken to the LeFlore County Detention Center.
According to her Facebook page, Strozier was divorced. She is survived by her three children.