Pair arrested in connection to Fairfax death

July 18, 2019 | Courts|Featured

PAWHUSKA — Authorities in Cherokee County arrested Zackary Keith Pace, 23, and Megan Nicole Ball, 32, today in connection with a suspicious death reported in Fairfax.

According to the Osage County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were requested by Fairfax Police to assist in the investigation after 60-year-old Heather Neuman who was found dead at her home on North Fourth Street.

Authorities report Pace was identified as a person of interest after they learned he had been staying with Neuman for weeks prior to the incident. Neuman’s car was missing from the residence along with her identification and financial documents.
Further investigation revealed a second person after Neuman’s credit cards were used at a local business.

Deputies obtained a possible location for Pace near Locust Grove. Cherokee County Investigators found Pace and Megan Ball staying at a residence. Neuman’s car was discovered hidden on the property. Pace and Ball were taken into custody and booked in the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden said the pair will be transferred to the Osage County jail after the district attorney reviews the case and files the charges.

According to court records on June 20, Pace entered a not guilty plea to a charge of domestic assault and battery in Tulsa County and was scheduled on July 16 for a jury trial sounding docket.
He was released on $5,000 bond from Tulsa County on June 21.
The investigation is ongoing and those with information are asked to call the OCSO at 918-287-3131.

Megan Nicole Ball
Zachary Keith Pace

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