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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Police officials think "multiple remaIns" located in Okmulgee river may belong to four missing men

Multiple human remains were located in a shallow creek in Okmulgee by police during the search for four Oklahoma men who went missing last week.

Mark Chastain, 32, Billy Chastain, 30, Mike Sparks, 32, and Alex Stevens, 29, were all reported missing on Monday by their family members one day after they went on a bike ride around 8 pm Sunday night.

Mark Chastain, 32, was first reported missing by his wife on Monday and Alex Stevens, 29, was also reported missing after the four men were not heard from after going on a bike ride Sunday evening (October 9).

Police found the human remains in Deep Fork River in Okmulgee on Friday.

In a news conference, Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice said the remains were found in a waterway after being reported by a passerby early Friday morning.

The recovery and identification process is still underway and Prentice could not say if the bodies are of the men they were looking for. He added their families have been notified just in case.

“This process will take time and currently we have more questions than answers,” he said.

“At this time, we cannot make an identification but out of respect, we let the families know before it was officially announced.”

Authorities had been unable to locate the four men – two of whom were believed to have cell phones on them.

However, Okmulgee police said earlier in the week that any attempts to call the men went straight to voicemail.

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