Bodies of missing Kansas moms found in freezer, say court documents

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  • Additional evidence discovered in a burial site on a cow pasture
  • The women vanished during a trip to visit Oklahoma
  • Five individuals have been detained in connection to the crime

Updated: May 21, 2024 / 12:51 PM CDT

FILE – This combination photo shows Veronica Butler, left, and Jilian Kelley, right. On Saturday, April 13, 2024, Oklahoma authorities announced the arrest and charge of four people with murder and kidnapping over the weekend in connection with the disappearances of the two Oklahoma women. (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation via AP, File)

(Truth Voices) — The remains of two Kansas mothers who vanished while visiting Oklahoma were discovered in a freezer, as per new court documents.

Veronica Butler and Jilian Kelley went missing on March 30, 2024, during a trip to see Butler’s children. Their car was found abandoned, leading investigators to arrest five individuals related to the women’s deaths, which stemmed from a custody dispute.

Filed documents in Texas County, Oklahoma, indicated that investigators located the women’s bodies in a chest freezer after two days of excavating a burial site in a cow pasture. The cause of death was not detailed in the documents.

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Sheriffs’ deputies found several significant items at the burial site, some possibly blood-stained. Items include jeans, sweatshirts, t-shirts, a black jacket, cloth gloves, ball caps, duct tape, and a sheathed black knife.

In April, Tifany Adams, Tad Cullum, Cole Twombly, Cora Twombly, and Paul Grice were arrested in connection with the crime. Adams is the paternal grandmother of Butler’s children.

New filings describe Grice’s reaction following the initial arrest of the other four suspects.

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Investigators reported that Grice questioned a witness about the duration DNA would remain on clothing in a 15 feet deep dirt hole and sought advice on how to relocate “a guy and his family” to Mexico.

Documents also show that data was seized from suspects’ devices that could implicate them in the crime, including cellphones owned by Cole and Cora Twombly while they were in a truck during their arrest.

The filings state Adams bought those cellphones and another device in February at a Walmart.

Steph Whiteside
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