The family of Broken Arrow teen, Jarret Clark, feels like they're one step closer to getting justice for their son. Clark was found dead at Fort Gibson Lake a week after his high school graduation last summer. Foul play is suspected, but has never been proven, now authorities have made two arrests in connection with his death, and are looking for a third person. News On 6 anchor Jennifer Loren reports investigators say all three men failed to show up for court ordered questioning.
Jarret Clark's parents say life without him has been completely empty. When they heard authorities had arrested two men in connection with his death, they say life became an emotional rollercoaster once again.
"I cried, I was ecstatic, I was happy, I was sad again, but I thought maybe this is the step that will get us closer to getting justice for Jarret," said Jarretâ€™s mother Tammy Slater.
Authorities arrested 19-year-old Jason Maples and 23-year-old Anthony Wallen for failure to appear before the multi-county grand jury on Thursday. The court had ordered them there for questioning. Clark's parents believe those men are trying to hide from the truth, something they say they've known all along.
"Itâ€™s unraveling, itâ€™s starting to come together now,â€ Slater said. â€œYou know I think we might see some truth, finally."
But Jarret's parents aren't the only ones who feel like justice is near. The Wagoner County Sheriff also thinks this is a step in the right direction.
"It tells me they've got something to hide, in my experience," Johnny Cannon, Wagoner County Sheriff said.
Cannon says there wasn't enough evidence in the initial investigation to charge anyone with a crime. But now maybe there will be.
"Obviously if they've got something to hide, not everything was discovered during the investigation, somebody's not telling the truth during the initial investigations.â€ â€œAnd like I said somebody's got something to hide, not only one person but many," said Cannon.
Meanwhile they're still looking for another man who never showed up to court, 19-year-old Brandon Hargrove. Jarret's parents have a message for him.
"I think if you're any type of human being with a conscience, you would come forward and tell them what you did and accept your responsibilities and take the consequences that go along with that,â€ Slater said. â€œOtherwise I don't think much of you except a coward."
Authorities say the two arrests and the warrant out for Hargrove do not mean they are guilty of anything else. It only means the grand jury has the right to have them arrested and bring them in for their court ordered questioning.
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