Man wanted in Kansas double homicide dies

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Molly Wilson and Ben Converse (Facebook) Molly Wilson and Ben Converse (Facebook)
IOLA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A man wanted in the death of two people in eastern Kansas has died.

Ben Converse shot himself with a handgun as Oklahoma law enforcement officers approached him Friday in Tulsa, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation confirms. He was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries; he later died. Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott confirmed Saturday that Ben Converse had died and that his organs were being harvested for donation before an autopsy was conducted.

Kansas authorities say Converse was a person of interest in the shootings deaths of 36-year-old Molly Wilson and her father, 69-year-old John Tadlock, in Iola, Kan. The two were found Thursday in their home. Converse is reportedly described as Wilson's boyfriend.

The investigation is ongoing.


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A Kansas man wanted in connection to a double homicide has shot himself. 

At around 5:15 p.m. Friday, authorities located Ben Converse at an apartment complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says that Converse fled on foot, but once officers caught up with him he turned towards them and shot himself with a handgun.

Converse was transported to a hospital and is currently being treated for life threatening wounds.

The investigation is still ongoing. 


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Authorities are asking for the public's help after a man and his daughter were found dead in their eastern Kansas home.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Iola police responded just after 5 p.m. Thursday to a report of two people found dead at 114 South Kentucky. The Iola Police Department then requested the KBI's assistance. 

The victims were identified as 36-year-old Molly Wilson and her father, 69-year-old John Tadlock. The KBI has not said how they died, but their deaths are being investigated as homicides. 

The KBI said in a news released that 38-year-old Ben Converse is a person of interest in the two deaths and they're working to locate him. He stands 5-foot-9 and weighs 175 pounds. He may be driving a maroon 2011 Kia Forte with Kansas plate 509 KZS.

Converse could be in the Oklahoma area. Anyone who sees him should not approach him and call 911 right away. Those with information can also call Iola police at (620) 365-4960.

Wilson's Facebook profile photo shows her with Converse. In a December 21 post, she said "you will get so caught up in all your love affairs and when you do I hope it DESTROYS YOUR LIFE like your trying to do ours."

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Converse has prior burglary and drug convictions. 

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