On Thursday January 14, 2021, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a freezer being found in a wooded area north of Acorn. Upon arrival, deputies opened the freezer and discovered human remains.
Based on evidence at the scene and witness statements, it was determined that the remains had been there for several months. Further investigation determined that the remains were possibly connected to a missing persons case in Wagoner, Oklahoma.
The Arkansas State Police assisted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in processing the scene and recovering the body. Investigators from the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office were contacted and also came to the scene.
The body was transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for positive identification and an autopsy. The victim has since been identified as Talina Galloway, age 53, of Wagoner, Oklahoma. Galloway was first reported missing in April of 2020. Talina Galloway’s disappearance was featured in Dateline's "Missing in America" on May 25, 2020.
In June of 2020, Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliot named Kore Bommeli, Galloway's roommate, as a person of interest in Galloway's disappearance. At the time of Sheriff Elliot's press conference, Bommeli was in custody on several charges including: felon in possession of a firearm, destruction of evidence, obstruction, fraud, and larceny. Bommeli has since posted bond on those charges.
On Thursday, January 21, 2021, warrants for 1st Degree Murder and Abuse of a Corpse were issued for Kore Bommeli by the Wagoner County Prosecuting Attorney, Jack Thorp. Bommeli was arrested at an undisclosed location and is awaiting extradition back to Wagoner, Oklahoma.
Sheriff Sawyer stated “The Wagoner Oklahoma Sheriff’s Office has been working very hard on this case since last summer. They’ve done a great job and I am very happy that we could help them close out this tragic case and bring those responsible to justice”.
1-21-21 9:11 p.m. KAWX.ORG