Family Wants Answers In Tulsa Man's Disappearance

Monday, August 24th 2009, 5:32 pm
By: News On 6

By Lori Fullbright, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A Tulsa man has been missing for three months and his family now fears the worst.  They've put a $2,000 reward in addition to the Crime Stoppers money for anyone who can give them information about Mark Inhoffe.

Mark Inhoffe's parents say he was an athlete, involved in church and a near Eagle Scout in high school until he began drinking and that changed his life forever.

"His attitude was always easy to laugh and he enjoyed life, he really did. You wish things would be different, but that's not the lifestyle he chose and finally you come to accept that fact. You can't guide your children through adulthood and make decisions for em," said Jim Inhoffe.

Mark Inhoffe was on disability because of seizures, so his parents got his check, and then mailed him some of the money each week.  The last time Mark was seen was the Tuesday after Memorial Day when he cashed his weekly check at a credit union near Pine and Cincinnati.

"After that, nobody saw him. He was there that morning and no traces of him thereafter," said Jim Inhoffe.

Mark was living in a trailer next to an old house on North Birmingham until it caught on fire in March.  His parents planned to help clear the land and bring in a manufactured home.  Mark told them how excited he was about that, just one week before he disappeared.

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They believe had he died of natural causes his body would've been found, so they fear he's met a violent end and they just want him home.

"At first, it was extremely hard to think about this; the thing that's left now is a lack of closure. When you lose, you're not supposed to outlive your children, that part's tough," said Jim Inhoffe.

Anyone who knows anything about Mark Inhoffe should call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS.

Mark often spent time in the Pine and Lewis area. 

Family members have gone to that area and asked questions.  Police are also investigating, but there's little information.  The family hopes the additional reward money will encourage someone to talk.