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Mother and son Kansas murder suspects have been arrested in California, sheriff says

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A mother and son suspected of killing a homeless man in southeast Kansas two years ago have been arrested in California, a Kansas sheriff said. The mom surrendered to law enforcement on Easter Sunday — about a month after her son was arrested.

Diana Bohlander, 57, and Ty Bohlander, 23, are charged with first-degree murder in the April 2017 killing of James McFarland, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said.

The mother and son duo were charged after detectives investigated the death of McFarland, a 64-year-old homeless man from Tulsa, the sheriff’s office has said. McFarland’s body was found along a rural county road on April 30, 2017.

The Bohlanders were acquaintances of McFarland, and they were believed to be homeless and to have frequented Tulsa shelters, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators thought the Bohlanders left Kansas for southern California after the killing, but they evaded capture for nearly two years.

Ty Bohlander was arrested last month by the Santa Monica Police Department and has since been extradited to Kansas. He is being held in the Cherokee County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

“When Ty was captured last month, more information became available leading us to believe Diana was also still in that area operating under the alias name of Heather Mimms,” Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said in a news release. “Our office worked closely with California and national media outlets and our investigators worked diligently with the Santa Monica Police Department and some of Diana’s family and associates in an effort to either locate and apprehend her, or encourage her to turn herself in to authorities.”

Diana Bohlander surrendered to authorities in Santa Barbara on Sunday. Earlier this month, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a $5,000 reward for information leading to her arrest.

“I’m pleased that after two years of running, both suspects are now in custody and soon both of them will be back here to answer the charges against them,” Groves said.

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