Four bodies were found and recovered from a river in Oklahoma on Friday amid a search for four people who went missing earlier this week.
Police Chief Joe Prentiss said Friday that the bodies were found after “suspicious objects” were reported in the Deep Fork River, southwest of the town of Okmulgee. Responding officers found “several human remains”, and four bodies were later recovered from the river.
The bodies could not be identified till late Friday evening. Prentice said in a Facebook post that he was being taken to the medical examiner’s office in Tulsa for an autopsy and official identification.
Mark Chastain, 32; Billy Chastain, 30; Alex Stephens, 29; And Mike Sparks, 32, was reported missing overnight on Monday — the first time Prentice has seen four adult men disappear at once, he said earlier this week, according to CBS affiliate KOTV.
“I can’t understand the real set of circumstances because it’s so unusual,” Prentiss said.
According to police, the men, close friends, are believed to have left Billy Chastain’s home in Okmulgee on Sunday night, allegedly on bicycles.
KOTV reported that they visited a salvage yard west of Okmulgi before stopping at a station. They then went to an isolated salvage yard, where Mark Chastain’s phone died or went off.
Prentice said the area where the bodies were found was never considered a search area by the police.
He said, “All the information we have so far indicates that our missing man – based on telephone data – left the city and moved east and eventually moved south at 75. It is in the opposite direction.” “