Oklahoma men discovered dead in river were ‘chopped in half’: victim’s mother

A mother of one of the victims said the four Oklahoma men whose dismembered bodies were discovered in a river were chopped in half.

Oklahoma men discovered dead in river were ‘chopped in half’: victim’s mother

“My son and his friends were first shot multiple times, chopped in half at their waist, and then thrown into the Deep Fork River to rot away,” Teresa Stevens, mother of Alex Stevens, told the Daily Mail.

On October 9, Alex Stevens, 29, set off on a bike trip with Mark Chastain, 32, his brother Billy Chastain, 30, and Mike Sparks, 32. When the four failed to return home that evening, they were reported missing.

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Only two of the men departed with cell phones, and both went straight to voicemail. Five days later, their bodies were discovered on the banks of the Deep Fork River.

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Okmulgee police told the grieving mother that the killer or killers had “chopped off one of their arms,” Stevens said.

“It’s something you read about on the news, about what they did to my son and his friends,” said Stevens. “To chop a body in half is what the drug cartels do to the dead. Whoever did this clearly wanted to send a message.”

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The terrible circumstances of the murder lead Stevens to suspect that there was more than one murderer, or at the very least an accomplice to help with the disturbing crimes.

“For one person to kill four grown men, chop their bodies up, and dump them in a river…I just can’t see one person doing all of that,” she said. “Whoever did this had to have help.”

Police named convicted felon Joe Kennedy a person of interest after officers found evidence of a “violent event” that occurred at a scrapyard he owned in the Okmulgee area. One of the victims’ phones last pinged in the salvage yard before going dead, police said.

Oklahoma men discovered dead in river were ‘chopped in half’: victim’s mother

Stevens said she doesn’t know Kennedy personally and doesn’t believe her son does, but she isn’t surprised he could be connected in the case.

“I’ve heard about him around town, and from what I’ve heard, he’s a person of questionable character,” Stevens added.

Stevens reported her son missing on Oct. 9 after he failed to show up for his shift at a healthcare institution where they both work at 11 p.m. Alex doesn’t possess a car, and it’s unusual for her son to miss work, she says.

She couldn’t reach him on his cell phone either because he had “run out of minutes,” which is why he didn’t bring it on the bike trip.

Police believe the men had left to commit a crime, though aren’t sure what the foursome had planned.

Oklahoma men discovered dead in river were ‘chopped in half’: victim’s mother

“Even if they were up there at the salvage yard up to no good or drugs were involved, no one deserved to die,” Stevens said.

source:nsemwokrom.com