Missing Kansas Mothers Found Dead in Texas, Four Arrested

Murder Suspects Apprehended After Two-Week Investigation

Hugoton, Kansas – A tragic conclusion has unfolded in the case of two missing Kansas mothers, Veronica Butler, 27, and Jillian Kelley, 39, from Hugoton. Authorities believe the women were murdered after their bodies were discovered in rural Texas.

Disappearance and Search

Both mothers vanished on March 30th while traveling through Oklahoma. Their abandoned car was later found in a rural area near the Kansas border. An extensive search ensued, fueled by tips from the public and collaboration between local and state authorities.

Remains Recovered, Cause of Death Pending

On Sunday, law enforcement officials announced the recovery of two bodies in Texas. These remains are believed to be those of Butler and Kelley. The bodies have been transported to the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner’s office for formal identification and autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Murder Charges Filed, Suspects in Custody

The investigation yielded significant progress as four individuals were apprehended on Saturday. Tad Bert Cullum, 43, Tifany Machel Adams, 54, Cole Earl Twombly, 50, and Cora Twombly, 44, now face charges in connection with this case. Each suspect is accused of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Arrests occurred in both Texas and Cimarron County, Oklahoma, without incident.

Details of the Investigation Withheld

Authorities have refrained from commenting on whether the suspects knew the victims or a potential motive behind the killings. Specific details regarding the evidence that led to the arrests remain undisclosed at this time.

Hunter McKee, Public Information Manager with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI), revealed that evidence recovered from the abandoned vehicle, along with information gathered from witnesses, family, and friends, played a crucial role in identifying the suspects. McKee acknowledged the numerous tips received throughout the 14-day search, which significantly aided the investigation.

Public Safety Assured, No Further Arrests Expected

Law enforcement officials believe the public is not at risk and do not anticipate any additional arrests in this case.

Sheriff Matt Boley of the Texas County Sheriff’s Office emphasized that the evidence suggests a targeted attack rather than a random act of violence.