In the early 2000s, James Rex and Rebecca Clark became the foster parents to their two nephews, Colton and Homer Clark.
Years later, in 2006, James and Rebecca told police that 9-year-old Colton had run away. After an initial investigation by local police, the authorities believed their story.
According to KOCO, the only person who knew the truth, besides James and Rebecca, was Colton’s brother, Homer. He was adopted by a man living in Spain six months after Colton’s disappearance.
As Homer told the police 10 years later in 2016, Colton didn’t run away like his former foster parents said. In fact, the last time Homer saw Colton, he was lying face down and motionless on their couch.
Despite his body never being found, James and Rebecca were found guilty of first-degree murder and child abuse in October of 2017.
Homer has since come forward to talk about the abuse both he and his little brother suffered. He also claims that old pictures he has found of his brother show signs of abuse — signs that should have sent up red flags.
While talking with KOCO, Homer pointed out one picture in particular. It was Colton’s 2005 school picture, just months before he was killed:
The picture reveals not only a bruise on his right arm but also under his right eye and on one side of his lip:
“No one ever reported it. […] The fear’s tremendous, that’s the worst part. You wake up every day and you just have that pit in your stomach of… you’re just scared. You don’t know what’s going to happen, you don’t know what to expect. It just, you wake up and it’s like living in hell.”
Homer told KOCO News that his adoptive father gave him a good life. A life with ample opportunities to succeed, which included earning a full scholarship to play baseball at the collegiate level.
And although Homer has been able to move on and put his past behind him, creating a future for himself he can be proud of, he admits that it wasn’t always easy.
He explained to KOCO News that he had even contemplated suicide at one point:
“The thing that bothers me the most is just not having that other piece that completes me. He was definitely my other piece. He was my strength when I had none. And I just had to kind of redirect myself. I had to figure out what was going to be my new purpose.”
Now, Homer wants to be a voice for those who don’t have one.
He said that people can’t expect an abused child to stand up to the grown adult who is “beating him,” because “that’s not how little kids’ minds work”:
“Monsters come out in the dark and they don’t always just appear right off the bat. You’re not always going to see the first signs right away. Child abuse is a serious epidemic, and it takes other people to step up and to stop that.”
Homer admitted that he was pleased his aunt and uncle were found guilty and are held responsible for Colton’s murder.
James and Rebecca are currently facing life in prison.