Arrests made after moms mysteriously disappear on way to pick up their children

Four arrests have been made in the disappearance of two Kansas women who went missing in Oklahoma last month.

The two women — Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39 — were traveling together to Oklahoma on March 30th to pick up Butler’s kids but never showed up, according to NewsNation.

Their car was later found abandoned on the side of the road near puddles of blood, leading authorities to suspect the two had been shot and potentially even murdered.

According to sources who spoke with NewsNation, the two women were acquaintances, not close friends, and Kelley had accompanied Butler on their trip to Oklahoma to assist with some sort of custody dispute.

“Butler and the father of her children were embroiled in a bitter custody battle, and that just 10 days before the women went missing, Butler had filed a petition in court for more visitation with her children and was seeking full custody,” as noted by NewsNation. “The court filings said things had not been going well between Butler and the children’s grandmother.”

Kelley has specifically been described as the “supervisor” of Butler’s visits with her children.

“The visit was a designated, court-approved visitation that takes place every Saturday. Four people, including Kelley, have been listed as approved supervisors,” according to NewsNation.

Fast-forward to Saturday, when the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced that it’d arrested four people for murder.

“On April 13, 43-year-old Tad Bert Cullum, 54-year-old Tifany Machel Adams, 50-year-old Cole Earl Twombly, and 44-year-old Cora Twombly were arrested in Texas and Cimarron Counties,” the bureau reported in a Facebook post.

“All four individuals were booked into the Texas County Jail on two counts of First-Degree Murder, two counts of Kidnapping, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the First Degree,” the post continued.


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Posted by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation – Authorized Page on Saturday, April 13, 2024

According to NewsNation, Adams is the grandmother of Butler’s children, and Callum is Adams’ boyfriend, suggesting therefore that if Butler and Kelley were murdered, it was because of a custody dispute.

That being said, Butler and Kelley are still considered missing.

“We are still telling everybody in that area that if you know anything or have any additional information to please contact us,” Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation public information manager Hunter McKee told Fox News on Thursday.

McKee added that “it’s becoming more and more challenging” to find the two missing women alive as the days tick by.

“A missing persons advisory from the Texas County Sheriff’s Office said that Butler has ‘several tattoos, a Chinese symbol on her left forearm, a sunflower on her left shoulder’ and that ‘Jilian has a butterfly tattoo on her left forearm,'” according to Fox News.

“The alert describes Butler as being 5 feet, 4 inches tall with red hair and green eyes, last seen wearing a blue short-sleeve shirt and denim shorts,” the reporting continues.

NewsNation notes that it was Butler’s fiancé who first raised concerns about the missing women.

All this comes days after the FBI officially joined the search for the two.

“The FBI has confirmed … that it has joined the search for Veronica Butler and Jilian Kelley, the two women from Kansas who vanished in Oklahoma as they were traveling to pick up children,” Fox News reported on Friday.

See some of the public’s thoughts about the case below:

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