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UPDATE: Homicide Investigation in Rooks County

KBIThe Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Rooks County Sheriff's Office have released new information related to the murder of Mark Reif.

On Wednesday evening, September 11 and Thursday morning, September 12, KBI agents interviewed a suspect who was identified in the case, 47-year-old Jon Flowers of Inman. Multiple search warrants were also served at Flowers' residence at 2385 31st Road in Inman.

Then, on Saturday, September 14 at approximately 7:25 PM, deputies from the Rice County Sheriff's Office responded to Flowers' home for a welfare check when he did not show up to work or respond to contact from family. When deputies arrived, they discovered Flowers dead inside the residence. An autopsy was conducted and the preliminary results indicate that Flowers' manner of death was suicide.

At this time, it is believed that Flowers acted alone in the murder of Reif and there is no indication that the violence was random.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Original press release:

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Rooks County Sheriff's Office are investigating a homicide that occurred near Plainville.

The Rooks County Sheriff's Office requested KBI assistance at approximately 10 AM on Monday, September 9. Special agents and the Crime Scene Response Team responded.

The Rooks County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at around 9:10 AM Monday morning when a family member went to 2610 19th Road in rural Rooks County and found 56-year-old Mark E. Reif deceased inside his home. Deputies arrived at the residence at around 9:20 AM and discovered that Reif had died from gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME or the Rooks County Sheriff's Office at 785-425-6312. Callers may remain anonymous.

The investigation is ongoing. Nothing further will be released at this time.

(Information courtesy KBI.)

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