Missouri father, 40, and his two children, aged 3 and 4, found dead four days after leaving home

A missing Missouri father and his two young sons were found dead in a rural area, four days after the man left the house armed with a gun with no apparent plans to return.

The bodies of Darrell Peak, 40, Mayson Peak, three, and Kaiden Peak, four, were discovered Monday evening inside an abandoned structure at US 65 near T Highway in County of Benton.

No cause or mode of death was disclosed on Tuesday.

Kaiden, 3, and Mayson, 4

Darrell Peak, 40 (left), and his sons, Kaiden, 3, and Mayson, 4 (far right), were found dead in rural Benton County, Missouri, four days after leaving their home

The bodies were found inside this structure on US 65 north of <a class=Warsaw, Missouri on Monday.” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

The bodies were found inside this structure on US 65 north of Warsaw, Missouri on Monday.

The bodies were found not far from where the Peak family were approached by a state soldier last Thursday but refused any assistance, according to a statement from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The soldier’s meeting with the father and sons took place 16 hours before they were officially reported missing.

Sheriff detectives reportedly made several attempts to have an Amber Alert issued for the children, but the case did not meet the necessary criteria.

The incident began around 4 p.m. Thursday, when Darrell left the house with his sons. He was reportedly armed with a pistol he was known to carry regularly.

Mayson and Kaiden’s mother Bonnie Peak recounted Fox 2 now before the tragic discovery Monday that Darrell was “angry” when he took off, but claimed it was not in his character to leave with the kids and not come back.

Before the discovery, the boys' mother Bonnie Peak said she was convinced Darrell would not harm her children

She said Darrell was

Before the discovery, the boys’ mother Bonnie Peak (left) said she was convinced Darrell would not harm her children “in a million years.” She said Darrell was “angry” when he left the house with the boys on Thursday

Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that Peak (pictured with son Kaiden) was suffering from depression and had made suicidal statements in the past

Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that Peak (pictured with son Kaiden) was suffering from depression and had made suicidal statements in the past

“I don’t think for a second that he would physically harm our children, ever, in a million years [sic], said the mother. “He’s a very good father and he’s a good person. I know he’s been going through a lot lately and I’m not sure if he’s just having a nervous breakdown.

“I think he wanted to go on his own and I think the kids were just in the car when he got in my car and left.”

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that Peak was suffering from depression and had made suicidal statements in the past.

At around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, a Missouri State Highway Patrol soldier pulled up alongside US 65 to assist Peak with his broken down vehicle.

According to the soldier, the children were with Peak and seemed to be doing well at the time, and the father refused to help him.

Less than 30 minutes later, a Benton County MP spotted who she said was Peak and her children walking along US 65. She turned to see them, but they were gone.

Then, around 7:00 pm that day, a 911 call arrived about a man and two young children walking along State Highway 65. Soldiers checked the area but could not find the family. .

Pic Kaiden, 3

Pic Mayson, 4

Kaiden, 3, and Mayson, 4, were last seen by a state soldier with their father on Thursday evening. The soldier said the children looked “fine”

Peak was charged with two counts of parental kidnapping on Sunday, a day before he and his sons were found dead

Peak was charged with two counts of parental kidnapping on Sunday, a day before he and his sons were found dead

At around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Peak’s family contacted authorities and filed a missing person report.

Later that day, a statewide “be on the lookout” alert was issued for the missing father and sons.

Just before 3 p.m. Peak’s car was found abandoned along US 65 north of Warsaw, where less than 24 hours before a

Despite the family’s belief that Peak would not harm his children, on Sunday the Greene County District Attorney charged Peak with two counts of parental kidnapping, hoping it would generate further advice and leads.

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