Grandma, 3 Others Arrested For Murder of Missing Kansas Moms

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Four arrests have been made in the disappearance of two Kansas moms—with the grandmother of one of the women’s kids charged in connection with their murders, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced Saturday.

Tifany Machel Adams, 54—the grandmother of missing woman Veronica Butler’s children—was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree on Saturday. Her boyfriend, Tad Bert Cullum, and two of her friends, Cora and Cole Earl Twombly, were also arrested on the same charges.

Butler, 27, disappeared last month while trying to pick up her kids with her acquaintance Jilian Kelley, 39. At the time of her and Kelley’s disappearance, they were en route to Eva, Oklahoma, where her children may have been staying.

Butler was involved in an ugly custody battle with the father of her children that grew heated not long before the two moms disappeared. Ten days before she vanished, Butler had filed for more visitation rights and was seeking full custody of her kids.

Police said they found two bodies that may have belonged to Butler and Kelley Sunday, according to an update posted to the OSBI Facebook page.

“Both individuals will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine identification, as well as cause and manner of death,” the post read. “This is still an ongoing investigation.”

Authorities located the pair’s abandoned vehicle weeks ago and “determined there was evidence to indicate foul play,” the OSBI said in their initial statement.

Sources told NewsNation there were “pools of blood” on the ground near the place the abandoned car was found, as well as bloodstains inside the car, though law enforcement haven’t confirmed this.

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