Oklahoma Murder Suspect Arrested in Town of Middleton

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By: 
Michelle Phillips

TOWN OF MIDDLETON–An Oklahoma woman was arrested in the Town of Middleton last week for her alleged involvement in a homicide prosecutors and law enforcement have described as “grisly,” “brutal” and “bizarre.”

Kore Adams, also known as Kore Bommeli, 59, was arrested last week after law enforcement officials discovered the body of her former roommate, Talina Galloway, 53, dismembered and stuffed into a chest freezer that was dumped in an Arkansas national forest. 

Oklahoma District 27 District Attorney Jack Thorp said the Dane County Sheriff’s Office was contacted in the case when they learned Bommeli was in the area. Thorp said Bommeli’s mother lives in Dane County. 

“She was pulled over as she left work,” Thorp told the Times-Tribune over the phone and added she had been in the area for a few months, leaving Oklahoma after she was released on a charge of a Felon in Possession of Firearms.

In a press conference last week, Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliot said until the freezer was found and opened on Jan. 14, Galloway was considered a missing person. He said that authorities had been in contact with Bommeli who reported Galloway missing on April 17, 2020 and that she had been a person of interest. 

According the probable cause affidavit filed in District 27 court, Bommeli told authorities in April that Galloway had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and left the house to self-quarantine and because she was scared of intubation. She added that Galloway had taken a list of items with her, including her driver’s license and firearms, which were later found in two separate Oklahoma storage units rented by Bommeli under a fictitious name. 

The case sent up a red flag when officers were unable to corroborate parts of the story including that Galloway had never been tested for COVID-19 at the local hospital as Bommeli claimed, and they could find no one other than Bommeli that had seen her since March 27, 2020.

Days after Galloway disappeared, police allege that Bommeli burned the victim’s new bed, painted her former bedroom and rearranged furniture in the house, according to evidence collected and witness statements. She then lied to prosecutors about where Galloway slept according to the affidavit. Police said she also lied about owning a tandem axle trailer on several occasions. 

Investigators said Bommeli told them she had sold the trailer when in fact it had been stored at a friend’s house and plugged into an electrical outlet It was still in her possession as late as May 28, 2020. The trailer tires were later found in one of the storage units. Authorities learned that Bommeli later scrapped the trailer for $100.

In addition, police gathered evidence that Bommeli was “routinely and constantly selling Talina’s personal property using online auctions such as eBay immediately following Talina being reported missing,” the affidavit said.

Investigators used BlueStar, a blood detecting chemical, to discover blood in the trailer, which officials recovered, and the garage and Galloway’s bedroom at the home the women shared.

Witnesses also told police that there was a white chest freezer missing from the home. 

In June, police received a call from employees at a U-Haul store in Muskogee, OK indicating that Bommeli had returned a trailer she rented with a foul order coming from it. 

On June 8, investigators learned that a witness in Mena, AR reported a truck pulling a U-Haul with the same tag number as that reported by U-Haul workers had been reported as suspicious to Polk County Arkansas law enforcement. She told them that while the occupant(s) of the vehicle were in the woods, she had walked around the trailer and could smell a foul odor coming from the trailer. In addition, she reported that she had seen a thick liquid on the floor of the trailer. The Polk County Arkansas Sheriff log indicated that deputies had been in contact with the driver of the truck but had no reason to hold them. Several days later the witness went into the woods and saw the chest freezer in the woods.

On June 9, authorities executed a search warrant at Galloway’s home and found the same U-Haul locked in the garage with a fan blowing on it. Investigators also observed the foul smell and thick liquid described by the Arkansas witness. They also observed that someone had been painting the floor of the garage in what they suspected was an attempt to cover up evidence. They later learned Bommeli had been searching how to remove blood from concrete and wood on her phone around the same time Galloway was reported missing. At the time of the warrant police were unaware of the incident in Arkansas. 

Deputies in Arkansas unsealed and opened the recovered freezer on Jan. 14, which had been wrapped with duct tape, and discovered the dismembered and decomposing remains of Galloway. Oklahoma authorities traveled to Mena, AR to photograph the evidence and extensively interviewed the witness. Galloway’s identity was confirmed by an autopsy conducted by the Arkansas Medical Examiner’s Office.

Armed with the new information, investigators went back through Bommeli’s cell phone records and learned that she was attempting to purchase the piece of land where the freezer had been found from a local Mena realtor. The realtor told police that Bommeli was adamant about purchasing the land, but refused to walk the property with the realtor, saying that she had already walked the entire property. She then made an offer on the land, which was declined.

The autopsy results were returned on Jan. 19 and found Galloway died of injuries suffered from blunt force trauma, which caused fractures to her face and frontal skull. The medical examiner also noted that that body had been decapitated and dismembered. The death was ruled a homicide.

In light of the findings documented in the affidavit, authorities charged Bommeli with Murder in the First Degree-Deliberate intent and Desecration of a Human Corpse, both felonies.

“Talina Galloway died a brutal death where her killer had no regard for her life in any way. While all murders are abhorrent and detestable, the grisly manner in which Galloway was dismembered and disposed of makes the case one of the worst I have seen in my career. My job now is to ensure justice for her and her loved ones,” Thorp said in a press release. 

At the press conference, Elliot also stated that this was one of the most disturbing cases of his career and sent out a warning to criminals, “If you commit a crime in Wagoner County, we will hunt you down, we will find you.”

At press time Bommeli was being held in the Dane County Jail awaiting extradition to Oklahoma. 

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