Two Kansas moms’ bodies identified by Oklahoma authorities after disappearance

Two bodies found in rural Texas County, Oklahoma, have been identified as those of two Kansas mothers who disappeared without a trace.

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma State Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OSBI) announced that the two people who died in Texas County have been positively identified as 39-year-old Jillian Kelly and 27-year-old Veronica Butler.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones and their communities,” the ministry said in a press release.

Butler and Kelly were last seen on March 30, when their car was found abandoned after picking up their children. Near the border of Oklahoma and KansasPolice said foul play was suspected.

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Veronica Butler and Gillian Kelly

Police said Veronica Butler (left) and Jillian Kelly were last seen Saturday while driving to pick up their children. (Oklahoma Highway Patrol)

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced on April 13 that Tad Burt Karam, 43, Tiffany Machelle Adams, 54, Cole Earl Twombly, 50, and Cora Twombly, 44, were arrested on April 13. )but, Detained.

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All four suspects were booked into Texas County Jail on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, OSBI said in a news release.

Adams, one of the women arrested, is reportedly the grandmother of Veronica Butler’s children.

Court records revealed that Adams was involved in a custody battle with Butler’s children. The children’s father is in a rehabilitation facility.

Butler’s custody battle began in February 2019 “after numerous hearings and court appearances,” and in the weeks leading up to her death, “a motion was filed for extended visitation for Ms. Butler,” according to the documents. That’s what it means.

Veronica Butler and Gillian Kelly are missing

Court records show that Veronica Butler was involved in a custody battle with the children’s paternal grandmother, Tiffany Machelle Adams, 54. (Texas County Sheriff’s Office/Oklahoma Highway Patrol/Shutterstock)

Butler was allowed supervised visitation with the children, records show.

Kelly was a court-ordered supervisor who accompanied Butler to pick up her children on the morning of March 30, the day the mother of two disappeared.

The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.


Fox News Digital’s Stepheny Price contributed to this report.