After the 53-year-old disgruntled remains were found in an Arkansas freezer last week, the Wagner County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma has arrested a woman on Friday for murdering a missing woman.
Officers have been searching for Talina since April 17, 2020, when her roommate, Kore Bommelli, reported her missing from her Oklahoma home.
Talina allegedly posted on Facebook earlier that month that she believed she had COVID-19, but would not go to the hospital. Her friends and family told Dateline’s “Missing in America” in May that the Facebook post was out of character and did not believe Talina would leave the bus without contacting anyone.
At a press conference on Friday, Wagner County Sheriff Chris Elliott said that the remains found in a freezer in a wooded area in Polk County, Arkansas last week were identified as Talina Gallway. Murder was the method of death.
The freezer was discovered by a witness who reported seeing a truck and white cargo trailer last summer around the same area, the sheriff said. Witnesses reported smelling a foul odor and stated that the trailer looked suspicious so he obtained tag information and contacted Polk County personnel. A deputy was sent to the area, but there was no contact between the two, so the witness settled the case.
On January 14, 2021, the same witness was walking in the woods when he came across a white box-top freezer with the lid closed. He said that the freezer was smelling bad. Again, she informed Polk County officials of her search and supplied tag information of the vehicle, which she had documented months earlier.
Sheriff Elliott said it is important to note that the tag number checked back on one missing woman – Telina Galloway in Wagner County.
Upon examining the freezer, officers discovered human remains that had been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for identification.
On Thursday, Wagner County District Attorney Jack Thorp obtained an arrest warrant for Talina’s roommate, Bommelli, who officials said was a prime suspect in the disappearance.
Bommelli, previously arrested on charges of obstructing the investigation and destroying evidence in the case, was out on bond and living in Wisconsin. She was arrested Thursday in Dane County, Wisconsin, where she will remain until she is brought to Oklahoma when she faces charges of first degree murder and humiliation of a human corpse.
Sheriff Elliott said he is pleased that they are closing the case, but it is still active and urges anyone with information to call the Wagner County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our heart is for the family of Talina Galloway,” Sheriff Elliott said. “They are definitely in our prayers.”
Nicole Belenfant Carr told Dateline that she felt in her heart that her good friend Talina had left, but she never gave up in the fight for justice.
“I knew we would be disappointed,” Nicole said. “But today is the day. Justice won ”
Anyone with information about Talina Galloway’s case urges the Wagner County Sheriff’s Office to call 918-485-3124.