Two Missing Rocklahoma Fans Found Dead
Two 20-year-old Rocklahoma fans missing for weeks have been found drowned in a submerged car in faraway Lake Eufaula. Ben Babar and Cody Parrick were last seen on May 23 at the rain-soaked Pryor, Okla., festival 70 miles north.
The vehicle was discovered last night, and identified as a silver 2005 Pontiac Montana minivan. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was called to the scene after a neighbor noticed what turned out to be the van's antenna rising above water level. It confirmed that "two male subjects inside have been identified as the two missing subjects from Rocklahoma."
Storms caused widespread flash flooding on May 23, prompting Rocklahoma festival organizers to cancel several performances slated for that day, including Linkin Park and Volbeat. There were tornado warnings, as well. That's probably why Oklahoma troopers have initially dismissed any charges of foul play. A sheriff's office investigation, however, is continuing.
Tributes have begun pouring in, including one from Rob Zombie:
The car, with Baber and Parrick inside, was recovered at the Onapa boat ramp in McIntosh Country. They'd been reported missing after failing to report for work. Witnesses put the pair at a leather store in Weleetka, Okla., the night before.
The Top 50 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time
Watch Anthrax’s Scott Ian Talk about the State of Rock