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Neighbors grieve for Edmond woman found dead in her home

Police said an Edmond woman was found dead shortly after 3:20 p.m. Saturday at 1000 E Edwards Street. Ronald Sparks, 47, of Edmond, was arrested in connection with the woman's death, Edmond police Sgt. Chad Langley said. The woman's name and age have not been released.
by Tiffany Gibson Modified: May 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm •  Published: May 13, 2012

EDMOND — Grabbing a chain-link fence for support, Louie Almon leaned over and wept for his great aunt, who police said died at the hands of a relative Saturday.

“It's a nightmare,” Almon said. “It's disturbing.”

Ronald Sparks, 47, of Edmond, was arrested in connection with the woman's death, Edmond police Sgt. Chad Langley said.

Officers were called about 3:20 p.m. Saturday to 1000 E Edwards Street about a possible drowning. When they arrived, they found an “elderly female” dead in the bathroom.

It appeared that she was in the bathtub and removed by Sparks before authorities arrived at the house, Langley said.

Police said Sparks is a relative of the woman and lives in the house with her and another woman.

The deceased woman's name has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

Langley said Sparks called 911 and seemed visually upset at the scene; however, investigators later discovered signs of a struggle and arrested Sparks on a murder complaint.

Sparks was booked into Oklahoma County jail about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a jail employee said.

No weapons were found at the scene, Langley said. The state medical examiner will determine the woman's cause of death.

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by Tiffany Gibson
Assistant Enterprise Editor
Tiffany Gibson has worked for the Oklahoman since August 2011 and is a member of the enterprise team and digital desk. In addition to writing and web editing, she also creates multimedia features for the website and maintains social media...
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