Criminal investigation underway in death of 12-year-old boy

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by Emily Rau / News 4 and KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 7:35 PM

HIGH RIDGE, Mo. (KMOV) -- Gas station surveillance video could play a key part in whether criminal charges are filed in the death of a 12-year-old boy.

Police on Tuesday pulled Christopher Marks’ body from the Meramec River. He was located about six miles from where he was last seen Sunday night.

Police visited a gas station just a few miles down the road from where he was last seen.

Station employees said four detectives obtained a video recorded Sunday evening that shows a family member of Marks buying beer.

It’s part of an investigation into reports that the 12-year-old and other teens were drinking Sunday night before Marks went missing.

The family said Marks had a few sips of beer Sunday night but still should have been able to handle the river’s strong current.

“One drink of beer’s not going to get you drunk, so I mean he was fine and he told me he felt kind of hyper and wanted to go jump off the swing,” Katie Marks, his sister, said at the time.

A family member said some of the family is now pushing for police to file charges in what they call a criminal investigation.

More details were released about the case on Wednesday.

High Ridge Deputy Chief Tom Lakin says he was surprised when Marks’ body turned up six miles down the shallow river.

“Even if the victim had floated, I just don’t see how it wouldn’t have gotten through some of those jetties where it was six inches deep,” said Lakin.

Police are awaiting autopsy results to determine Marks’ cause of death. Toxicology results will not be available for a few more weeks.

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