Man wanted in Oklahoma found dead in Ashdown, Ark.

An Oklahoma man wanted for assaulting his wife has been found dead in southwestern Arkansas, reports the Associated Press. Arkansas State Police say the body of 41-year-old Stephen Cox of Broken Bow was found Sunday with a gunshot wound to the chest near Millwood Lake northeast of Ashdown. A shotgun was found near the body and Special Agent Hays McWhirter told the Texarkana Gazette that it appears Cox shot himself.

Cox was wanted in McCurtain County in a Jan. 15 and 16 assault on his wife. McWhirter said Cox told a friend in Ashdown that he had an auto accident while driving from Little Rock to Oklahoma and hitch-hiked to Ashdown. McWhirter says Cox spent Friday night with the friend then disappeared Saturday with the friend’s shotgun.

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