Authorities have announced that a person of concern in the Oklahoma case concerning four men whose dismembered remains found in a stream in Florida has been arrested.
Joe Kennedy, the owner of a scrapyard that the victims had visited, was arrested Tuesday in Daytona Beach Shores in a vehicle that had been reported stolen, announced Oklahoma’s Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice.
According to online records, Kennedy is currently being held in Volusia County Jail. He faces one charge of automobile theft and one count as a fugitive.
Prentice stated that Kennedy was driving the car reported as stolen to Okmulgee police Monday. Prentice also said that Kennedy was arrested Monday on suspicion of a unrelated 2012 case.
“The district attorney and the sheriff will begin the process of getting Kennedy back to Okmulgee County,”Prentice made Tuesday’s statement. “The murder investigation is ongoing and investigators continue to follow leads every day. Additional information will be relayed when it is available.”
The four victims, all friends, were last seen Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. when they rode off on bicycles from one of their homes, police said. The sheriff said that relatives reported them missing the following day, after their phones went straight to voicemail.
Prentice made it clear that the four men missing were being represented by dismembered remains found in a river. He also announced police were searching for a person of interest who had since disappeared and “may be suicidal.”
The chief stated that Kennedy’s blue PT Cruiser, which was originally purchased by Kennedy, was later found abandoned in Morris, a nearby town.
“I’ve worked over 80 murders in my career … but this case involves the highest number of victims and it’s a very violent event,”Prentice spoke at Monday’s press conference.
The sheriff stated that evidence obtained by investigators had shown the four men had been robbed. “planned to commit some kind of criminal act”The night they vanished.
Witness told investigators that the men boasted about going to. “hit a lick big enough for all of them,”Prentice stated.
The witness had been invited to join the men but didn’t go, the police chief said. Prentice stated that investigators do not know the plans or locations of the men.
Prentice stated Kennedy was named a person in interest due to his ownership of a scrapyard located near the crime scene.
The chief stated that he had been interrogated Friday and denied knowing about the four men.