Human remains found in the Deep Fork River are those of four missing Okmulgee men, according to the Okmulgee police chief, who said the group reportedly was planning criminal activity.
Chief Joe Prentice confirmed in a news conference Monday that the dismembered bodies of Mark Chastain, 32, Billy Chastain, 30, Mike Sparks, 32, and Alex Stevens, 29, were recovered Friday and that each man had gunshot wounds. The case is now a homicide investigation, he said.
“We believe the men planned to commit some type of criminal act,” Prentice said, adding that the four left from an Okmulgee residence on West Sixth Street.
According to Prentice, investigators were told the four had invited a witness to “hit a lick” that reportedly would have provided enough loot to be split among the group. The term refers to a targeted theft or robbery.
Police reportedly discovered evidence of a violent event while searching a salvage yard on 20th Street, along with surrounding properties. The salvage yard owner, Joe Kennedy, is considered a person of interest in the investigation, Prentice said. Kennedy is missing, he added, and investigators have reason to think he could harm himself.
Kennedy’s vehicle was found abandoned in Morris, and “investigators are looking into how it came to be there,” Prentice said in a news release later Monday afternoon.
Investigators continued to work Monday at a closed crime scene near the Sharp Road bridge over the Deep Fork River southwest of Okmulgee.
Prentice said the families of the four men were “very distraught” upon hearing the additional information released Monday and that investigators will continue to look into leads.
Anyone with information about what happened is asked to contact the Okmulgee Police Department by calling 918-756-3511 or emailing [email protected], Prentice said.
A raid on an alleged illegal marijuana farm resulted in the confiscation of more than 4,000 plants — and more than 17,600 pounds of dried marijuana — with an estimated street value of $32 million to $43 million, authorities said.
Koalton Brynn Ellis, 30, admitted that he stabbed his girlfriend on July 24, 2021. She died in a hospital the next month.
Tulsa police tracked Camreion Blue Williams to his place of work just after 8 a.m. Sept. 30 after learning that he was the suspect in his stepfather’s death, causing a short evacuation at the Cox Business Convention Center as they searched for him inside.
All were originally charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 5, 2019, fatal beating of Jared Langworthy, but many pleaded guilty to lesser charges in plea deals with the state.
Tribal citizenship is not required for McGirt to apply. The Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand rulings by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals that two men had proved their Indian blood and tribal connections through means other than official tribal membership.
Prosecutors allege that Kaleb Pelton, 17, was recorded on a surveillance camera walking up to Fedro Givens Jr. and shooting him at the Echo Trail Apartments near 61st Street and U.S. 169 on Sept. 30.
“There is an exchange of gunfire between the subject and law enforcement before the subject is hit,” an OSBI news release states.
Niavien Lee Golden, 16, surrendered to the Tulsa police, they announced on Facebook Saturday morning.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Niavien Lee Golden, 16, who is charged with first-degree murder and three counts of shooting with intent to kill in the Sept. 30 shootings at a McLain High School football game.