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Mark Chastain and three others were reported missing last week before human remains were found in a shallow part of the Deep Fork River, Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice said.
Mark Chastain was 32 years old.
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Police have shared gruesome details about the fate of four friends from Oklahoma who went missing after riding off together on their bikes.
Mark Chastain, 32; Billy Chastain, 30; Mike Sparks, 32; and Alex Stevens, 29, vanished on Sunday, Oct. 9. Days later, a passerby found what authorities later identified as multiple human remains.
On Monday, the Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice confirmed in a news briefing, shared by Tulsa’s KJRH-TV, that the human remains that had been found were the missing friends and the four men may have been killed while carrying out a crime.
Their official cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, but they were shot, Prentice said.
“All four bodies were dismembered before being placed in the river, and that is what caused difficulty in determining identity,” he added. “The river appears to be a dump site.”
Now, the missing person investigation is considered a murder investigation.
“We believe the men planned to commit some kind of criminal activity when they left the residence on W. 6th Street. That belief is based on information supplied by a witness who reports they were invited to go with the men to ‘hit a lick big enough for all of us,’ ” the police chief said.
Prentice said authorities haven’t confirmed what the men planned to do or where.
He revealed that police later found “evidence of a violent event” on the property surrounding a local scrapyard. The owner of a nearby salvage yard, Joe Kennedy, is now a person of interest, and he is not facing any charges.
Kennedy was then reported missing on Saturday “and may be suicidal,” said Prentice.
He was driving a blue Chrysler PT cruiser with Oklahoma plates. Because he’s not a suspect, Prentice said he doesn’t plan to issue his photo to the public because he’s not a suspect. He later said he didn’t believe Kennedy was a threat but urged anyone who saw him contact authorities.
“We have worked around the clock all week, we were out all weekend and we will continue to work to figure out what exactly happened to their loved ones and who did it,” Prentice said.
He added that investigators had not found the men’s bicycles.
“I’ve worked over 80 murders in my career. I have worked on murders involving multiple victims. I have worked dismemberings. But this case involves the highest number of victims and it’s a very violent event. I can’t say that I’ve never worked anything like it but it’s right up there,” Prentice said of the case.
He later said that Kennedy had been cooperating with police before he went missing and didn’t know the victims.
Their families were “distraught” and “shocked” when told of the developments in the investigation.
The Okmulgee Police Department later announced on Monday that the authorities had found and seized Kennedy’s vehicle.
“It was abandoned behind a business in Morris, Oklahoma. Investigators are looking into how it came to be there. Currently, we have no vehicle information for Kennedy,” the brief statement reads via Facebook. Authorities were trying to find Kennedy as of Monday afternoon.
Mark, Billy, and Sparks were reported missing by Mark’s wife on the night of Oct. 10, while Stevens’ mother said to him a few hours later.
“All four are close friends and are believed to have left Billy Chastain’s home on the west side of Okmulgee on Sunday at around 8 PM,” the department said in a statement on social media. “All were reportedly on bicycles. Two of the men are believed to have cell phones with them, but attempts to call go straight to voicemail.”