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Bodies of Best Friends Missing From Rocklahoma Found

UPDATE:

The bodies of Cody Parrick and Ben Baber were discovered on June 7th in a submerged vehicle in Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, troopers were notified around 7:30 p.m. that night of a submerged vehicle at the Onapa boat ramp in McIntosh County. When the vehicle was recovered, troopers found Parrick and Baber inside.

Officials with the Mayes County Sheriff's Office say they do not believe foul play is involved and think the deaths were accidental.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

For eight days now, the family and friends of Cody Parrick and Benjamin Baber have desperately tried to piece together the mystery of what happened on the evening of May 22nd, 2015.

Cody Parrick, left, and Ben Baber, right, have been missing since Friday, May 22nd.

The two best friends, both 20, had planned to attend all three days of the Rocklahoma music festival near Pryor, Oklahoma. They arrived for the first night of shows, but only Cody’s pass was scanned. No one has seen or heard from the young men since that night.

"I just want my baby back," Donna Berryman, Ben Baber’s mother, told NBC affiliate KJRH. "If anybody sees him, I want my baby back. I don't care how it is. I want to see him again."

According to police, Cody and Ben were planning on driving back and forth from the event instead of camping out. They were last seen driving a silver 2005 Pontiac Montana with license plate number B8E23. The vehicle also has not been located. Police say there have been several rumors circulating on social media about the men’s disappearance. They ask that anyone with any information call them instead of posting it online.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation joined the search Thursday afternoon, according to KJRH.

There has been increased concern because of the recent heavy rainfall in the area, which also hampered search efforts late last week. Despite the weather, hundreds have reportedly turned out to help, checking the roads between the concert venue and the men’s homes and posting flyers across three counties. The families of both young men say they couldn’t be more grateful for everyone’s willingness to help.

"I can't even put it in to words," Greta Richards, Cody Parrick’s mother, said. "I mean, the woman I was just talking to, Mary, she is from Pryor. She doesn't know us. She doesn't know Cody. Her husband took vacation time so she could do this."

Several Facebook pages and groups have formed to help organize search efforts, including the ‘Team Cody and Ben’ group. Musician Rob Zombie shared a photo of his band and Cody at a recent concert, asking for those who have information to come forward.

Cody Parrick is described as 5’7” tall, weighing 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Ben Baber is described as 6’ tall, weighing 320 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information that can help bring them home, please contact either the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office at (918) 756-4311 or the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office at (918) 825-3844.