Police investigate double homicide in Allen County
Person of interest shot after arrest attempt
IOLA, Kan. — UPDATE: AP sources say an Oklahoma official confirms Ben Converse, a suspect wanted in connection with a double homicide in Iola, Kansas has died from his self-inflicted gun shot wound.
Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott confirmed Converse had died and that his organs were being harvested for donation before an autopsy was conducted.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Friday that Converse had been located in Tulsa and shot himself with a handgun as officers closed in on him.
UPDATE: Authorities have confirmed that Ben Converse shot himself when police tried to arrest him.
We’re still working on gathering information on Converse’s condition.
UPDATE: Authorities in Oklahoma say Ben Converse, the person of interest in this double homicide, has been shot.
We’re told he was shot after a confrontation with police in Tulsa.
We’ll have more information on the shooting, and his condition, as details become available.
We talked to people in the neighborhood today.. many of which were sad, and shocked to hear what had happened to Molly Wilson and John Tadlock.
Neighbor and friends to Wilson Robin Hyden didn’t hear what happened until the next morning.
Robin Hyden, neighbor:”All of the police and everything showed up here around four o’clock in the afternoon. But I haven’t heard anything like in a couple days.. it’s been pretty quite.”
Hyden says Wilson and Tadlock moved to the neighborhood a little over a month ago, and were already leaving an impression.
Hyden:”I just got to know her and met her over the last couple weeks. It’s very sad.. she was a good person.”
Nancy Rice lives on south fourth street.. and was surprised to hear what had happened in her quite neighborhood.
Nancy Rice, neighbor:”The neighborhood here.. everyone kind of looks after each other and keeps an eye on things.”
Rice, Hyden and many others in the area are sad to know they won’t get to see Wilson and Tadlock’s smiling faces in the neighborhood in the future.
Rice:”I don’t know them. I see them out every now and again, but I feel sorry for the family that this has happened to.”
Hyden:”My heart goes out to her family.”
Update: The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office and Iola Police Department are investigating a double homicide in Iola, Kansas.
Investigators say the shooting happened at 114 South Kentucky. Authorities say 36-year-old Molly Wilson and 69-year-old John Tadlock were both found dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Iola Police requested KBI assistance around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 27th, 2018.
Authorities are calling 38-year-old Ben Converse a person of interest in connection with the double homicide. They are searching for him and ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Iola Police Department at 620-365-4960.
He may be driving a maroon 2011 Kia Forte with Kansas license plate 509 KZS. Authorities believe the vehicle was stolen from Humboldt, Kansas.
Officials say Converse could be in the Independence, Kan., Tulsa, Okla. or Bentonville, Ark. areas.
Original story: The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says they are involved in a double homicide investigation in Allen County, Kansas.
KBI Communications Director Melissa Underwood could not provide many details, but confirmed the homicides occurred in Iola, Kansas. The Allen County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating the murders.
Additionally, Tulsa dispatch confirms that they are looking for a 2011 KIA with license plate 509 KZS with a 38-year-old white male driving it. The KIA was taken from Humboldt, Kansas where a suspect is wanted in connection with the double homicide investigation. The suspect could be in the Independence, Tulsa, or Bentonville, Arkansas areas.
This story is still developing. We’ll have more information to share once it becomes available.
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