Woman in Osage County murder case waives hearing on drug charge

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - A Bartlesville woman arrested in August following the disappearance of a Bartlesville man waived her preliminary hearing on a drug charge in court on Thursday.

Following her waiver, a Washington County District Court judge ordered 28-year-old-Trysta Alberta Eileen Shaffer ordered back to court on Jan. 25 for her formal arraignment.

Shaffer, already incarcerated in the Osage County jail on a robbery charge, is accused of trying to smuggle drugs into the Washington County jail through the mail.

Allegedly she sent a handwritten letter to an inmate and mailed it with four stamps with methamphetamine on their adhesive backs.

Shaffer was one of three individuals arrested suspected of involvement in the disappearance of 62-year-old Timothy Hauser — missing since Aug. 9 and whose apparent remains were found Saturday.

Authorities arrested Bartlesville residents Trysta Shaffer, 28, and Rusty Petty, 40, on charges of conjoint robbery, nearly a week after they were seen with the missing Hauser on Aug. 9, who was leaving Osage Casino just west of Bartlesville. This was the last time he was seen.

Officials believe the two had advance knowledge that Hauser was going to leave the casino with an amount of money, and found him, beat him, took the money and left him for dead. 

The third person in the case, Kathleen Roland, 36, arrested last month on a conjoint robbery charge, told investigators Shaffer and Petty showed up at her home in Bartlesville near the time of Hauser's disappearance.

Not only did they carry a wad of cash, Petty was is bloody clothes and both individuals spoke of a man attacking them and Petty hitting him with a tire-iron.

Officials said they have since contacted the district attorney's office and expect murder charges to be filed in the case.

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