Four Friends Missing in Oklahoma Found Dismembered, Police Say Share
The bodies of three friends whose remains were found in the backyard of a home in Oklahoma were found last week after the community looked for them, but authorities have not yet identified them.
A search for the bodies on Sunday led police to the back of the home where the three friends lived, which is located in a small mountain community roughly 100 miles west of Oklahoma City.
The search was prompted by a tip from a stranger, and led police to the backyard of the home, where police found the three men in the early morning hours of June 28. The men, each in his 60s, were discovered face down on the ground in the backyard, according to an affidavit filed by police late Monday. They were identified as Steve Blanchfield, 43, David Satterfield, 50, and John Schramm, 54.
The bodies were dismembered with a knife and buried in boxes in the backyard, police said.
The two front doors on the property were open.
“We’re trying to do everything possible to track these individuals down,” Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Brian Humphries told Q13 FOX, the local ABC affiliate.
“We’re trying to find out what’s going on,” Humphries said.
Police said the three friends had no criminal records or affiliations with gangs and that they were “living in the country” and driving a van that does not appear to have been involved with drug dealing or other illegal activity.
Police said that the three men have been in touch with authorities and were cooperating with the investigation.
The discovery of the bodies comes as the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation is investigating two more deaths after two people were found dead in Oklahoma last week, one of them with multiple stab wounds, according to the Associated Press.
“While we do not yet know what these deaths are, we are working diligently to notify next-of-kin and ask for the public’s help,” Humphries told Q13. He urged friends of the deceased to contact the Oklahoma