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KBI Asks For Assistance Following Homicides in Allen County

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ALLEN COUNTY– The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), the Iola Police Department, and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after an Iola man and his daughter were discovered deceased in their home Thursday evening.

Just after 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, the Iola Police Department responded to 114 S. Kentucky in Iola, to the report of two subjects who were found deceased. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victims who had died from apparent gunshot wounds. The Iola Police Department requested KBI assistance at approximately 5:10 p.m., and special agents and the Crime Scene Response Team responded to the scene.

The deceased female was identified as 36-year-old Molly E. Wilson. The deceased male was identified as 69-year-old John Tadlock.

A person of interest has been identified connected to the case and authorities are working to locate him at this time. If anyone knows the whereabouts of 38-year-old Ben Converse, they are asked to contact the Iola Police Department at 620-365-4960. Converse is a white male, 5 ft. 9 in. tall, and approximately 175 lbs. He has hazel eyes. Converse may be driving a maroon 2011 Kia Forte with Kansas license plate 509 KZS. He may be in the Oklahoma area. If you see Converse or the vehicle, please do not approach, but contact police.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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