Update: Rooks County homicide closed

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a man that occurred in Ellsworth County.

ROOKS COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) –  The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Rooks County Attorney, and the Rooks County Sheriff’s Office have officially announced that the murder of 56-year-old Mark Rief is now closed.

After an extensive investigation, KBI says that it was determined that 47-year-old Jon Flowers was the sole culprit in the murder of Rief.

The Rooks County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 9:10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, the morning when a family member went to 2610 19th Rd. in rural Rooks County and found Reif deceased inside his home. Deputies arrived at the residence around 9:20 a.m. and discovered that Reif had died from gunshot wounds.

According to KBI, forensic testing has been completed and concluded that a fired cartridge case located at the murder scene was fired from a pistol belonging to Flowers. The bullet removed from Reif’s autopsy indicates that it had been fired from the same pistol KBI agents confiscated during the investigation

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


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