KBI: Rooks County murder investigation closed, suspect dead

ROOKS COUNTY, Kan. Update Friday, Oct. 4, 2019

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the investigation into a Rooks County man's murder last month is complete.

The KBI investigated 56-year-old Mark Reif's death with the Rooks County Sheriff's Office.

KBI agents interviewed 47-year-old Jon Flowers, of Inman, in connection with the crime. Deputies later found Flowers dead in his home and the preliminary autopsy concluded his death was the result of suicide.

"Additionally, when Flowers was discovered dead in his home, a suicide note was nearby that claimed responsibility for killing Reif," the KBI says.

Forensic testing also led investigators to determine that Flowers was responsible for Reif's murder. The KBI says that testing "revealed that a fired cartridge located at the murder scene was fired from a pistol belonging to Flowers that KBI agents collected during the investigation."
and "the bullet removed at autopsy from Reif was also determined to have been fired from the same firearm."


Update Monday, Sept. 16, 2019

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says its investigation with the Rooks County Sheriff's Office into a Plainville-area man's murder leads to an identified suspect. That suspect is dead from an apparent suicide.

The KBI says KBI agents last week interviewed 47-year-old Jon Flowers in connection with the homicide investigation into the Sept. 9 death of 56-year-old Mark E. Reif.

"Multiple search warrants were also served at Flowers' residence (in Inman)," the KBI says."

At about 7:25 p.m. Saturday, Rice County Sheriff's deputies responded to Flowers' home for a welfare check when he didn't show up to work or respond to contact from family," the KBI says. "When deputies arrived, they discovered Flowers dead inside the residence. An autopsy was conducted, and the preliminary results indicate Flowers' manner of death was suicide."

The KBI says it's believed Flowers acted alone in Reif's murder, "and there is no indication that the violence was random."

The investigation continues after a family member found Reif dead in his home. Reif died from multiple gunshot wounds.


Update Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019

A homicide investigation continues in Rooks county as the sheriff's office and Kansas Bureau of Investigation look into the death of 56-year-old Mark E. Reif, found fatally wounded in his home Monday outside Plainville.

A neighbor says deputies have been at Reif's home since Monday morning and people living near Reif's home are on edge.

"It affects everyone in the community," neighbor Tyler Ganoung says. "You know, living so close to something like that that goes on. "...There's been a few sleepless nights, and I'm sure there's more to come."

Reif owned a ranch and welding business. Gonoung describes him as a good neighbor who did selfless acts fro people in the area.

"He used to plow our snow for us without even asking," Gonoung says. "Heck, he would even plow the road all the way to the highway for my wife to get to work in the morning. Most neighbors wouldn't do that out of the kindness of their hearts. He was a good neighbor. He'll be missed."

The KBI says it doesn't believe there's a threat to the public, but the Rooks County Sheriff's Office is increasing patrols in residential areas near Plainville.


Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Rooks County Sheriff's Office are investigating a man's death near Plainville as a homicide.

The sheriff's office says it requested the KBI's assistance in the investigation Monday morning after it received a 911 call concerning the death of 56-year-old Mark E. Reif.

A family member found Reif dead inside his home in the 2600 block of 19th Road in rural Rooks County.

"Deputies arrived at the residence around 9:20 a.m. (Monday) and discovered that Reif had died from gunshot wounds," the sheriff's office says.

Anyone with information about Reif's death should call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME or the Rooks County Sheriff's Office at 785-425-6312.