Mother Of Missing Rocklahoma Man Keeping Hopes Alive

Saturday, June 6th 2015, 11:30 pm
By: News On 6

After hours, the search party looking for two men who disappeared during Rocklahoma called it quits late Saturday night.

Dozens of volunteers searched through grass and trees for Cody Parrick and Ben Baber.

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For the past ten days Cody's mother, Greta Richards, has been one of the people leading the search for her son and his friend. She said even with blisters on her feet from walking, she's not giving up.

"This never happens to you, you know," she said. "No, this isn't supposed to happen to you," she said.

It's a reality Richards still can't wrap her mind around as her son Cody and his friend Ben have been missing for more than two weeks. The two 20-year-old men were last seen in pictures at Rocklahoma.

"I've been out searching every day, walking the roads. I've searched through the leads, I've looked through pictures, I've done everything that I know to do and that's really the only way I can keep my sanity," she said.

Richards said to have so much support, along with the belief that her son is still out there, is keeping her going.

“I have blisters all around my feet. They are killing me today, but we're gonna keep walking," she said.

As they walked, police cruisers lit the way along Highway 69 to keep the search party safe from passing cars.

While Mayes and Okmulgee counties lead the investigation, Light Horse is helping out.

"Well, we just try to go with any physical signs that, maybe there might have been a vehicle may have gone off the side of the road or any, you know, or anything like that,” said Light Horse Police Chief, Richard Fixico.

By foot, four-wheeler and boat, the search extends through Chouteau, Pryor and Muskogee.

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Despite the long and hot days, everyone - not just family and friends - keeps moving, searching and hoping to bring back the missing men.

"We'll just continue on it until we find something, we have to find something," Richards said.

A vigil was held Saturday night at the Rocklahoma grounds in an effort to "light the way home" for the two men.

The men were last seen driving a 2005 silver Pontiac Montana minivan with the Muscogee Creek Nation tag B8E23.

If you've seen them or have any information on where they may be, contact the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office at 918-756-4311.