Girlfriend of person of interest in NSU murder named, couple on loose after ditching car, 2-year-old

TULSA - The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has named the girlfriend of a man accused of leading law enforcement through a chase through Tulsa Thursday and ditching his vehicle with his 2-year-old daughter inside.

Heather Black, 37, is thought to have been in the passenger seat of her Nissan sedan as Joshua Schneider weaved in and out of traffic, hitting at least two cars in the process between 31st and 41st and South Garnett Road.

The Broken Arrow couple then abandoned the sedan in the woods near Pine and Highway 169 with Scheider's daughter alone and unharmed inside, according to Tulsa police. Tulsa dispatch received a call around 6:30 p.m. alerting them to the vehicle, and authorities with OSBI and TPD conducted a search late into the night for the pair.

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Black is not wanted for any crimes, according to the OSBI, but those with information are asked to contact 911. 

"This is a priority and will be for the Tahlequah Police Department, the OSBI and now the Tulsa Police Department," said Tahlequah police chief Nate King.

Schneider, wanted by police for false declaration of property and violation to register as a sex offender following a 1999 rape conviction, is also a person of interest in the murder of Northeastern State University professor. 

Chemistry professor Dr. Tiffany Maher, 40, was found dead in her Tahlequah home May 31. Her vehicle, which was missing from the home when first responders discovered her body, was discovered at a Tulsa apartment complex three days later.

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No one has been charged with the crime.

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