Authorities report death of woman in Chouteau, Oklahoma

Law officers are investigating a homicide in Chouteau. A woman was found dead early Monday.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: March 11, 2014

Law officers are investigating the death of a woman found dead inside a home early Monday.

Mayes County Sheriff Mike Reed reported the body of Verna Sarten, 50, was found about 1 a.m. by deputies responding to a report of a woman not breathing.

Reed said Sarten had what appears to be blunt force trauma to her head. A spokeswoman for the state medical examiner’s office said the cause and manner of her death have not been determined.

Reed said authorities located a person driving Sarten’s vehicle and were questioning the person. He said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been requested to assist in the investigation. has disabled the comments for this article.