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Arrest made in Garfield County homicide investigation

Christopher Ryan Sparks, 23, was arrested early Sunday in Arizona in connection with the death of a woman in northern Oklahoma, Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 13, 2014 at 8:16 pm •  Published: July 13, 2014
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The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department is awaiting the extradition of a man arrested in Arizona who is wanted in connection with the death of a mother in northern Oklahoma.

Christopher Ryan Sparks, 23, was arrested early Sunday in a Phoenix suburb on a fugitive from justice complaint and booked into Maricopa County jail. Sparks will meet with a judge this week to determine the process of taking him back to Oklahoma, Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said.

About 2 p.m. Saturday, a woman found a 4-year-old girl wandering in the 200 block of E Ponca in Garber. The woman returned the child to the apartment where she lived and discovered the girl’s mother dead on the floor, Niles said.

The victim, who has only been identified as being in her mid-20s, suffered trauma consistent with homicide, Niles said.

No firearms were used and the cause of death is pending the state medical examiner’s autopsy report, Niles said.

Authorities searched the apartment and identified Sparks as a person of interest in the case.

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