Bodies Of Missing Women Found In Freezer

( – The bodies of two missing women involved in a custody battle were discovered inside a freezer on property leased by one of the suspects.

According to affidavits related to the case, the bodies of 39-year-old Jilian Kelley and 27-year-old Veronica Butler were located by law enforcement while investigating a fresh dirt pile on the property leased by 43-year-old Tad Bert Cullum, who is one of the five suspects facing charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy. The search warrant says that investigators excavated a chest freezer on Sunday, April 14, and when they opened it they found the bodies of Kelley and Butler inside. How they were killed was not revealed in the court documents, only that “the state of the bodies indicated… foul play.”

The other four suspects charged with the murders are 31-year-old Paul Grice, 44-year-old Cora Twombly, 50-year-old Cole Twombly, and 54-year-old Tiffany Adams.

Adams is the grandmother of Butler’s two children, and she shared their custody. The court documents claim that she and Cullum, along with the Twomblys, conspired to kill the women amid an ongoing custody battle with Butler over the two children. Testimony from Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Jason Ott revealed that all five suspects were members of “an anti-government group” with “religious affiliation.”

The two victims went missing while driving between states on March 30. Kelley and Butler were traveling from Hugoton, Kansas, to attend a supervised visit with Butler’s kids in Four Corner, Oklahoma. Investigators discovered their abandoned vehicle in Texas County along with a bloody scene that indicated “a severe injury” had taken place, according to probable cause documents.

Investigators found out that Adams bought three burner phones and were able to ping them back to the location where the vehicle was found. Data from the phones led investigators to a pasture leased by Callum where they discovered the disturbed dirt and eventually the bodies, roughly 8.5 miles from where the vehicle was located.

The suspects haven’t entered pleas yet and are due to return to court sometime in June for a hearing. They are currently being held without bond.

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