Suspect in Rooks County homicide found dead

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ROOKS COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, along with the Rooks County Attorney and the Rooks County Sheriff’s Office, have stated that the investigation into the murder of Mark Reif has now been closed.

After an extensive investigation, it was determined that 47-year old Jon Flowers of Inman, was responsible for the murder of 56-year-old Reif. No evidence exists indicating any other person was involved in the crime.

Forensic testing revealed that a fired cartridge case located at the murder scene was fired from a pistol belonging to Flowers. The bullet removed during Reif's autopsy was also determined to have been fired from the same firearm. 

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

The preliminary autopsy of Flowers concluded that his death was the result of suicide. 


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A suspect in a Kansas homicide has been found dead,  days after he was interviewed by investigators.

A family member found Mark Reif, 56, dead in his rural Rooks County home on Monday, September 9th.   He died from gunshot wounds.

Two days later,  KBI agents interviewed a man identified as a suspect in the case.   Search warrants were served at the suspect's home in Inman.

Rice County deputies did a welfare check on the suspect Saturday when he didn't show up for work or respond to his family.   Deputies found the man dead inside his home.  Preliminary autopsy results indicate the man took his own life.

Agents believe the man acted alone in Reif's death, and there is no evidence the incident was random.