OKMULGEE, Okla. — A grieving Okmulgee woman is trying to explain to her two children why their dad isn’t coming home. Jessica Chastain is speaking out for the first time since Okmulgee Police confirmed her missing husband, Mark Chastain, was among the remains found in Deep Fork River Friday, Oct. 14.
“[My son] will tell me, ‘Mama, don’t cry ‘cause I’ll cry. I’ll be sad.’” Jessica told FOX23. “So I have to be strong for them. Even though they don’t understand, they can feel the sadness … they feel that something is going on.”
Mark, 32, was last seen alive Sunday, Oct. 9, along with 30-year-old Billy Chastain, 32-year-old Mike Sparks and 29-year-old Alex Stevens. Jessica previously told FOX23 she reported her husband missing the same day he disappeared.
After an extensive search throughout last week, Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice confirmed to the public Monday that the four men’s remains were dismembered and dumped in Deep Fork River.
Now, she said the loss of her husband still doesn’t feel real.
“It just feels like he’s still in my garage, if that makes sense,” she said. “Or he’s still out here, or something. He’s just here. It doesn’t feel like he’s gone. I don’t know if that’s normal, [but] I don’t feel like he’s gone.”
In the wake of the shocking news of Mark’s death, she’s left to tell her toddler Gracie and her 4-year-old Tucker that their dad is gone.
“We told [Tucker] that Daddy had to go help Pop Pop Billy fix a car,” she said. “Jesus needed him, and he called him to go fix a car. [Tucker] asked, ‘Can we go there?’ And I said ‘No, there’s not a road.’”
Chief Prentice told the public Monday that the investigation has shifted from finding the missing men to finding their killer.
She continued, “I mean, they took my kid’s daddy, and my husband. Not only Mark, but they took other people’s families,” Jessica said.
Okmulgee Police said Joe Kennedy is a person of interest in the case. Kennedy disappeared shortly after the men’s remains were found.
Tuesday, Kennedy was arrested in Daytona Beach Shores, Fla. by the city’s department of public safety.
Jessica said she misses her husband dearly and is focused on getting justice for him.
“Eventually the truth will come out. Eventually,” she said. “We need justice for, not only Mark, but all of them.”
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