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Missing Kansas women's bodies found in ice chest buried in cow pasture, according to court documents

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The bodies of two Kansas women who disappeared in the Oklahoma Panhandle in March were found in a chest freezer buried in a cow pasture, according to court records tied to five suspects who are charged with murder and kidnapping.


Veronica Butler, 27, and her court supervisor in a children’s custody case, Jilian Kelley, 39, disappeared March 30. Their remains were found on a property in Texas County, Oklahoma, on April 14, less than 10 miles from where they vanished, according to an affidavit filed last week during the application of a search warrant by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.


It took authorities a day to locate the bodies after excavation began, court records show. Personal items that did not belong to Butler or Kelley were also found in the hole.


“A chest freezer was excavated and opened. Within the chest freezer, the bodies of Butler and Kelley were located,” according to the affidavit.