Southeast Kansas murder suspect caught in California
The second suspect is still on the loose
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. — Authorities say Ty Bohlander, a suspect in the 2017 death of a homeless man from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been arrested in California. His mother, Diana Bohlander, is still wanted.
On April 30th, 2017, the deceased body of James McFarland was found alongside a rural Cherokee County road near Baxter Springs.
“As the case evolved, detectives quickly identified Ty Bohlander and his mother Diana Bohlander, as suspects, leading to First Degree Murder charges being filed against both of them and arrest warrants being issued,” according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.
Authorities believe Diana was involved in a romantic relationship with McFarland. Authorities said the two suspects were also homeless at the time.
During the search for the Bohlander’s, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Investigators got information leading them to believe the suspects traveled to Aurora Colorado, Cheyenne Wyoming, and eventually to Southern California after killing McFarland.
“Our detectives have been working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshal’s Office, among other law enforcement partners, in an effort to locate and apprehend the suspects,” continued Sheriff Groves.
“Those efforts paid off when Ty Bohlander, was located and placed under arrest last week by the Santa Monica Police Department in California. He is currently being held in a Los Angeles Correctional Facility, where he is awaiting extradition back to Cherokee County.”
“At this time, we are coordinating with California authorities to extradite the suspect back to Kansas to answer for the allegations made against him. As for his mother, Diana, we believe her to still to be in the Santa Monica area and law enforcement there continue to search for her,” concluded Sheriff Groves.
COPYRIGHT 2022 BY KOAM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THIS MATERIAL MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST, REWRITTEN OR REDISTRIBUTED.