Apr 03, 2024

Search continues for 2 Kan. woman after abandoned car found

Posted Apr 03, 2024 8:00 AM

TEXAS COUNTY  –Law enforcement authorities continue investigating the suspicious disappearance of two women from Hugoton, Kansas.

On March 30, 2024, the Texas County Sheriff's Department requested the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the suspicious disappearance of 27-year-old Veronica Butler and 39-year-old Jilian Kelley.

They were traveling together to pick up children when they went missing, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

They never made it to the pickup location, the OSBI advisory said. Their car was located abandoned on the side of the road.

Their car was found abandoned near Highway 95 and Road L, south of Elkhart, Kansas, in rural Texas County.  The Yarbrough Schools in Texas County, Oklahoma are operating on a locked down status Tuesday with additional safety measures in place, according to an online statement from the school district.

 Special agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation along with local law enforcement agencies continue working to locate the two women. The OSBI released no new details on Monday.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the OSBI at [email protected] or 1-800-522-8017. This is still an ongoing investigation. The OSBI would like to thank the Texas County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and several other local agencies for assisting us with this case.