A woman has been arrested and charged with the murder of her missing roommate Talina Galloway after the dismembered remains of a 53-year-old child were found in a freezer in Arkansas last week, the Oklahoma County Wagon sheriff’s office said Friday.
Authorities have been searching for Tallinn since April 17, 2020, when her roommate Kore Bomelli reported her missing from their home in Oklahoma.
Talina is believed to have posted on Facebook earlier that month, saying she believes she has COVID-19 but will not go to the hospital. Her friends and family told Datelin about “Missing in America” in May that the Facebook post was uncharacteristic and that they did not believe Tallinn would simply leave without contacting anyone.
At a news conference Friday, Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott said the dismembered remains found in a freezer in a wooded area of Polk County, Arkansas, last week were identified as Tallina Galloway. The way to die was murder.
The freezer was discovered by a witness who said he saw a truck and a white cargo trailer around the same area last summer, the sheriff said. The witness said she smelled an unpleasant odor and said the trailer looked suspicious, so she received information about the label and contacted Polk County MPs. A deputy was sent to the area, but no contact was made between the two, so the witness accepted that the matter had been resolved.
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Sheriff Elliott said it was important to note that the number on the label had been checked back by a missing woman in Wagoner County, Tallina Galloway.
After inspecting the freezer, authorities found human remains, which were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for identification.
On Thursday, Wagoner County District Attorney Jack Thorpe received an arrest warrant for Talina’s roommate Bomelli, who authorities said was a prime suspect in the disappearance.
Bomelli, who had previously been arrested for obstructing the investigation and destroying evidence in the case, was at large and lived in Wisconsin. She was arrested in Dane County, Wisconsin on Thursday, where she will remain until she is brought to Oklahoma to be charged with first-degree murder and desecration of a human corpse.
Sheriff Elliott said they were pleased they were closing the case, but was still active, and urged anyone with information to call the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our hearts are focused on Tallinn Galloway’s family,” said Sheriff Elliott. “They are certainly in our prayers.”
Nicole Bellenfant Carr told Dateline that she felt in her heart that her good friend Talina was gone, but she never gave up her fight for justice.
“I knew we would be disappointed,” Nicole said. “But today is the day. Justice won. “
Anyone with information about Tallinn Galloway’s case is encouraged to call the Wagon Engineer Sheriff’s Office at 918-485-3124.