Search For Two Friends Missing From Rocklahoma Complicated By Flooding

The search for two friends, who are missing from the Rocklahoma music festival, is being complicated by flood waters. Authorities confirmed that Cody Parrick and Ben Baber, both 20, have been missing for two weeks. Although little is known about the young men’s disappearance, authorities hope to find more clues when the flooding recedes.

The Rocklahoma music and camping festival is an annual event, which is sponsored by Bud Light. As discussed in a press release, the Memorial Day weekend event offers fans “an endless party running around the clock for four days.”

The 2015 lineup was comprised of more than 60 bands, including Godsmack, Linkin Park, The Pretty Reckless, Slayer, and Volbeat.

According to reports, Baber and Parrick planned to attend all three days of the music festival. However, as opposed to camping on the grounds, the two friends planned to stay elsewhere and drive to Pryor’s, Oklahoma’s, “Catch the Fever” festival grounds each morning.

As reported by the Washington Post, Cody Parrick’s pass was scanned on May 22 — which was the first day of the Rocklahoma music festival. However, officials confirmed Ben Baber’s pass was never scanned.

@NancyGraceHLN #teamcodyandben #rocklahoma Please help put the word out there!

— αму яσмαиѕ (@amy_romans) May 31, 2015

Although records indicate otherwise, witnesses said Baber and Parrick were both granted admission to the festival grounds — and were seen together throughout the day.

Later that same evening, Ben Baber and Cody Parrick vanished without a trace. Authorities confirmed the two friends went missing from the Rocklahoma music festival and were never seen, or heard from, again.

As reported by the Examiner, the young men traveled to the festival grounds in a silver 2005 Pontiac Montana van with the license plate number B8E23. According to reports, the van had a damaged headlight.

Authorities believe Baber and Parrick left the festival grounds voluntarily, as there were no indications of foul play. Unfortunately, they have no clue as to what happened to the two young men.

Ben Baber has blond hair and blue eyes. He is 6-feet tall and weighs an estimated 320 pounds. He was last seen wearing an orange t-shirt and black pants.

Cody Parrick has black hair and eyes. He is 5-feet-7-inches tall and weighs an estimated 150 pounds. As he has Cerebral Palsy, Parrick has a speech impediment and walks with a slight limp. He was last seen “wearing a black shirt, gray ball gap and aviator style sunglasses.”


Oklahoma authorities confirmed the two friends have not used their bank cards or cell phones since the evening they went missing from the Rocklahoma festival.

Anyone with information about the young men’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at 405-848-6724, or the Mayes County sheriff’s office at 918-825-3844.

Mayes County Sheriff’s Office Captain Rod Howell said the entire region has been plagued with heavy rains and flooding. Unfortunately, the “historic flooding” has further complicated the search for the missing men.

Authorities said they have conducted an extensive search of the festival grounds and the surrounding region. However, they have not found a trace of the two friends who went missing from the Rocklahoma music festival.

[Image via JRN]