Missing Men Found Dead In River Were ‘Chopped In Half’ At The Waist

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Four men were reported missing last week, and their bodies were found in the Deep Fork River in Oklahoma. They were dismembered before being dumped into the river, the police chief said.

The men were all shot multiple times, chopped in half at their waists, and thrown into the Deep Fork River to rot away. This gruesome sight awaited the authorities upon the discovery of their bodies.

The mother of one of the victims said she was having trouble coping with the horrific news that her son was murdered and his body was cut in half. No grieving parent expects to hear those graphic details upon finding out that their loved one was found deceased.

Mark Chastain, Billy Chastain, Mike Sparks, and Alex Stevens were reported missing on 9 October after leaving Billy Chastain’s home in Okmulgee on bicycles around 8pm. Okmulgee is a small town 40 miles south of Tulsa with a population of 12,000 and not much else. However, Okmulgee has one of the highest crime rates in America. There’s a one in 20 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime or property crime.

The bodies of Mark, Billy, Mike, and Alex were discovered on Friday. Police were led to an area where evidence of a violent event was discovered by Mark Chastain’s phone. His cell phone ‘pinged’ its location several times around the 20th Street salvage yard.

Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice named local scrap yard owner Joe Kennedy, 67, as a person of interest in the quadruple homicide. Kennedy is currently sitting in a Volusia County Jail in Florida.

The mother of victim Alex Stevens said she doesn’t know Joe Kennedy personally, but she has heard about him around town and believes he is a person of questionable character. She also believes there had to be more than one perpetrator because of the barbarity of the crime.

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