The Okmulgi Police Department has confirmed thatRecovered from a river in Oklahoma Friday belonged to a group of missing people and they are searching for a person of interest following their murders.
On Monday, Police Chief Joe Prentiss confirmed that the bodies of four men retrieved from the Deep Fork River, southwest of the town of Okmulgee, were that of 32-year-old Mark Chastain on Friday; Billy Chastain, 30; Alex Stephens, 29; and Mike Sparks, 32, who was reported missing overnight last Monday.
According to police, the men, close friends, are believed to have left Billy Chastain’s home in Okmulgee on Sunday night, allegedly on bicycles.
Prentiss said investigators believed they planned to commit some sort of criminal act when they left the house, according to a witness who told police that he had a “lick big enough for everyone” with the men. was invited to.
But police said they did not know what the men had planned to do, or where.
Prentiss said investigators found no evidence during a search of a salvage yard, but said they found evidence of a “violent incident” at an adjacent property.
While police did not name a suspect, they said Joe Kennedy, the owner of the two salvage yards, is believed to be a person of interest.
Kennedy was reported missing Saturday night and may have committed suicide. He is believed to be driving a Chrysler with the Oklahoma license plate number LSA245, Prentice said.
No charges have been filed against Kennedy, but “investigators would like to speak with him again,” Prentice said.
The cause of death for the men is still pending, but police confirmed that all four had gunshot wounds and their bodies were dismembered before being dumped in the river.
Prentice said police recovered the remains of most of the men on Friday night and the final pieces on Monday morning.
Prentice could not specify when the bodies were actually placed in the river, but guessed somewhere between late Sunday night or early Monday morning because “it would take a long time to put the bodies in this position and then dump them.” Will go. River.”