Bodies of missing southwest Missouri boys, and father found in Benton County, Missouri

BENTON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Highway Patrol says the bodies of three people found in rural Benton County, Missouri are a Springfield area father and his two sons.

(Update: Why authorities say there wasn’t an Amber Alert for two missing boys)

Authorities say Darrell Peak kidnapped his two sons, 4-year-old Kaiden and 3-year-old Mayson.

The three had been missing since Thursday. That’s when authorities say Peak took the boys from a Greene County home. Authorities found Peak’s abandoned car Friday near Warsaw, Missouri.

The three were then spotted in Benton County by a sheriff’s deputy. The deputy said she saw them walking on Highway 65, but when she turned around to make contact, she couldn’t find them.

The boys and Peak were found Monday, March 1, not far from where they were last seen.

Authorities say the father and two sons were found inside of a structure together.