OSBI: Medical examiner confirms identity of Tahlequah murder victim, NSU professor Dr. Tiffany Maher

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has officially released the identity of a professor at Northeastern State University who was murdered last week.

The state medical examiner confirmed Tuesday 40-year-old Dr. Tiffany Maher was the victim found dead Friday inside her Tahlequah home. 

Maher's cause and manner of death have not yet been determined, but OSBI did confirm a fire was in the home.

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On Friday, NSU police found Maher's body while conducting a welfare check. Her vehicle was missing.

By Monday evening, Maher's car was found parked at a Tulsa apartment complex near 81st and Highway 169.  Investigators are now combing the vehicle for evidence.

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In an OSBI statement Monday regarding the vehicle's discovery, officials said a woman was found murdered in her home, though agents did not identify Maher as the victim; however, Tahlequah police officers had already told 2NEWS Maher owned the home where the body was found.

Tahlequah police are heading up the investigation with assistance from OSBI agents.

NSU and the Maher family are working to create a scholarship in honor of the professor. In the interim, those interested in donating to the Dr. Tiffany Maher Scholarship fund can click here (http://bit.ly/Maherscholarship), fill out the bottom box titled "other" with the preferential amount and write "Dr. Tiffany Maher Scholarship fund" in the comments section.

A memorial service is scheduled for Maher at 2 p.m. June 13 in the NSU Performing Arts Center.

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