MO MAYSON, KAIDEN, & DARRELL PEAK: Missing from Pleasant Hope, MO - 25 Feb 2021 - Age 3, 4, & 40 *Found Deceased*

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ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY: Two children, father reported missing from Greene County​

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating two children and their father who have been reported missing.

Authorities are looking for Darrell Peak, 40, and his two children, 3-year-old Mayson Peak and 4-year-old Kaiden Peak.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol have issued an Endangered Person Advisory in the case as of 4:30 p.m. Friday.

According to the sheriff’s office, the children were last seen around 7 p.m. Thursday in Warsaw, Missouri. However, the missing person incident was reported around 4 p.m. Thursday from a home in the 1200 block E. FR 28 in Pleasant Hope.

Family members told authorities that Darrell’s behavior is out of character, and they have not been able to contact him since he and his two children went missing.

“It really worries me where they are,” Peak’s daughter Katie said. “I just want them home, I miss them.”

Family have been working around the clock to try and find the three. A few of Peak’s other children quickly began a search in Springfield.

”We went driving around Springfield trying to figure out places he would be,” Katie Peak said. “Because my brother is his best friend, so he would know. All the places he thought he would be, he wasn’t.”

Darrell Peak suffers from depression and has made suicidal statements in the past, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

“Him and my mom got into an argument,” Peak’s daughter Shyla said. “Took off in his Camaro and crashed it over there. And that’s when he jumped in my mom’s car with the two babies.”


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GrandmaBear

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I hope nobody minds but I changed the main thread picture to just the two boys.
Though I do feel sorry for Darrell's family, and he was no doubt having a mental health crisis, there was no reason to take the boys with him.
I felt like when I said RIP about the boys that I should include the dad but I could not bring myself to do so. The boys did not have a choice, he did.
 

Kimster

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I hope nobody minds but I changed the main thread picture to just the two boys.
Though I do feel sorry for Darrell's family, and he was no doubt having a mental health crisis, there was no reason to take the boys with him.
Good decision. Let his loved ones mourn. I’d rather not, but do feel very bad for his family who also lost those two precious babies.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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DEATHS OF DARRELL PEAK, SONS RULED MURDER-SUICIDE​

The Benton County Sheriff has ruled the deaths of Darrell Peak and his two sons a murder-suicide.


Authorities consider deaths of father, two boys found in Benton County an apparent murder-suicide​

A medical examiner is still working to confirm the exact cause of death. Sheriff Knox declined to discuss the manner of how they died.

Linemen working on nearby power lines found the bodies around 4:20 p.m. Monday in an abandoned shack not far from where the three were last seen in Benton County in the Warsaw area. The workers were in that same area Saturday, and confirmed with Sheriff Knox that the three were not there at that time.


Family members last saw Darrell, Mayson and Kaiden at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. He was armed with a pistol, the sheriff’s office said.
 

Kimster

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DEATHS OF DARRELL PEAK, SONS RULED MURDER-SUICIDE​

The Benton County Sheriff has ruled the deaths of Darrell Peak and his two sons a murder-suicide.


Authorities consider deaths of father, two boys found in Benton County an apparent murder-suicide​

A medical examiner is still working to confirm the exact cause of death. Sheriff Knox declined to discuss the manner of how they died.

Linemen working on nearby power lines found the bodies around 4:20 p.m. Monday in an abandoned shack not far from where the three were last seen in Benton County in the Warsaw area. The workers were in that same area Saturday, and confirmed with Sheriff Knox that the three were not there at that time.


Family members last saw Darrell, Mayson and Kaiden at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. He was armed with a pistol, the sheriff’s office said.
I keep thinking "if only they were looked at harder", but who would have thought?
 

GrandmaBear

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Well I guess he went to casinos, carried a gun and had a history of depression. Not a great combo of things perhaps... Too bad the one trooper had to turn around and by then they had disappeared, etc.

 

RoundPeg

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Well I guess he went to casinos, carried a gun and had a history of depression. Not a great combo of things perhaps... Too bad the one trooper had to turn around and by then they had disappeared, etc.


What's sad is the vast majority of people that suffer from depression will never physically harm their children. I feel like it might cast unfair glances at others. Surely something pushed him to that bottomless pit.
 

GrandmaBear

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What's sad is the vast majority of people that suffer from depression will never physically harm their children. I feel like it might cast unfair glances at others. Surely something pushed him to that bottomless pit.
Something is not right to be able to do something like this no doubt. Every case is different imo and even here, we have family saying he battled with depression, it's not like that is a clinical diagnosis we have access to. For that reason and many others, I don't think each case can be tarred with the same brush nor unfair glances should be given others. As you say, many would never harm their children who do battle depression. If this man killed his children but not himself as many do, everyone would be calling the father an evil perp (myself included) who deserved life in prison and to rot and not a depressed soul. Imho.
 
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Kimster

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What's sad is the vast majority of people that suffer from depression will never physically harm their children. I feel like it might cast unfair glances at others. Surely something pushed him to that bottomless pit.
That's a good point. If we could figure out the signs of a person that's going to take things to the extreme, the world would be a better place for sure!
 

Whatsnext

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According to Highway Patrol Troop A Sergeant Bill Lowe, Mayson and Kaiden died of gunshot wounds, and Darrell died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

What always saddens me the most in all those and similar cases is the fear and terror the kids went through before death, I guess that is what haunts the surviving families until their ends as well.😥 Fly high, little ones!🙏
 

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