Ex-Oklahoma councilman accused of killing missing man, burying him under septic tank

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Oct. 24 2021, Published 3:43 p.m. ET

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A former councilman from an Oklahoma town is accused of killing an ex-employee and burying the victim under a septic tank, police said.

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Brent Mack, 50, was reported missing to the Guthrie Police Department on Sept. 29. Family members told officers he was last seen in Guthrie near 1st Street and Cleveland on Sept. 20, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation

The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, Guthrie Police Department, Logan County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reportedly found Mack’s remains were found buried under a septic tank in northern Logan County, Oklahoma.

The Medical Examiner will need to positively identify Mack and determine his cause of death, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation.

After recovering Mack’s remains, 66-year-old Daniel Joseph Triplett of Guthrie, was arrested without incident at his residence. He was transferred to the Logan County Jail and faces charges related to Mack’s homicide.

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Police have not released a possible motive in the attack or what led them to charge Triplett.

“He thought he was going to get away with it,” Mack’s brother, Troy Franklin-Smith, told KFOR News. “As you can see, we tracked him down. The police department tracked him down and we got him. The guy made too many mistakes.”

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Mack’s daughter Raychelle Wilson said her father was a former employee of Triplett’s septic tank business, and the two had a rocky relationship.

“He worked with Dan for roughly about three years and they had kind of a love-hate situation I would say,” she said in a statement.

“He (Triplett) just kept feeding my dad these lies about ‘Oh, I’m going to eventually give you this company and you’re going to take over,’” Wilson told News9.com.

Triplett once served on the Guthrie city council in the late 1980s and early 1990s, according to GutherieNewsPage.com.

“I hope Dan rots in hell,” Wilson told KFOR.com.

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