Vanished Women: Suspected Foul Play Raises Hope for Rescue


Missing Kansas Women Remain Unaccounted For After Days

April 18, 2024

Nearly a week after the mysterious disappearance of two Kansas women in rural Oklahoma, authorities remain hopeful that Veronica Butler and Jillian Kelley are still alive, despite evidence suggesting foul play.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) has been leading the search since Saturday, when the women’s abandoned vehicle was discovered near Elkhart, Kansas. Based on investigations, the OSBI believes the vehicle contains indications of foul play.

“We are hopeful that they are alive,” said Hunter McKee, OSBI public information manager. “But because we haven’t found them, we are just not sure.”

Search Intensifies for Missing Duo

The investigation team is actively searching for information about the women’s whereabouts in the hours leading up to their disappearance. Witnesses are being interviewed, and any tips that can shed light on their last known movements are being pursued.

Concerned Community and Family

Jillian Kelley’s pastor husband, Heath Kelley, has shared a church’s prayer on Facebook, pleading for the women’s safe return. The McCook Christian Church in Nebraska posted a heartfelt message, asking for divine intervention and guidance in finding Jilian and Veronica.

Characteristics and Last Known Clothing

A missing persons advisory from the Texas County Sheriff’s Office provides descriptions of both women:

  • Veronica Butler:

    • Height: 5’4″
    • Red hair
    • Green eyes
    • Tattoos: Chinese symbol on left forearm, sunflower on left shoulder
    • Last seen wearing a blue short-sleeve shirt and denim shorts
  • Jillian Kelley:

    • Brown hair
    • Blue eyes
    • Tattoo: Butterfly on left forearm
    • Last seen wearing a long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and tan or beige shoes

Hope Amidst Uncertainty

The investigation team remains committed to locating Veronica and Jillian. They are urging anyone with information that could assist in their search to come forward. The public is asked to be vigilant and report any potential sightings or leads to the authorities.

As the search enters its second week, the community and the families of the missing women are holding onto hope that they will be found alive and well. Every piece of information, every tip, and every prayer brings them closer to reuniting their loved ones.

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