A 23-year-old woman from Oklahoma who was seven months pregnant sent a chilling final text message to her mother just moments before she was viciously strangled to death and left in a car on the side of the road.
On May 2, authorities with the McClain County Sheriff’s Office found the body of Shaliyah Toombs, who was a mother of two, in a pickup along Interstate 35. Investigators were tipped off to the vehicle after Toombs’ acquaintance Daniel Vasquez went to a convenience store and told a Lighthorse police officer that the pickup had run out of gas and there was a body in the back, reported The Oklahoman.
Toombs had been reported missing on April 29.
According to a court affidavit, Vasquez went to Toombs’ home around 1 a.m. on April 29 when two people, identified as Joshua Finkbeiner, 30, and Staci Harjo, 42, came over and accused Toombs of stealing a backpack.
Vasquez said Toombs had borrowed Harjo’s vehicle, which had the backpack that contained a hard drive belonging to Finkbeiner’s employer. During questioning, Vasquez told investigators that Finkbeiner (pictured above left) and Harjo (pictured above right) forced him and Toombs into a pickup truck at gunpoint.
According to Vasquez, Finkbeiner and Harjo drove them to a farm.
Nearly four hours later, Toombs’ mother received a text message from her daughter, which said: “They gonna kill me mom help me.”
Vasquez said they only stayed at the unknown farm location for a brief moment before they began driving again. This time while they were driving in the pickup, Finkbeiner began choking Toombs for “about 20 minutes.” Harjo then instructed Vasquez to “finish her off,” Vasquez told investigators.
Vasquez said he checked for a pulse and thought Toombs was dead before he began choking her, according to the affidavit.
The three then discussed dumping Toombs’ body in a lake and burning the pickup. Finkbeiner and Harjo climbed out of the pickup at an unknown location after giving Vasquez $60 for gas and telling him to drive away.
Vasquez was arrested on a complaint of accessory to a homicide, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Finkbeiner and Harjo were arrested on May 5 in Arkansas, where they are being held on murder complaints until they are extradited to Oklahoma.
(Photos: Cleburne County Sheriff's Office)