Benjamin “B.J.” Eastman Jr. says after playing video games with his son, Benjamin Eastman III, on the night of June 23, 2018, he told the 16-year-old he loved him and went to bed.

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“We were always pretty good about telling each other we love each other. That was the last thing I said to him,” B.J. tells Dr. Phil in an exclusive interview airing Wednesday.

The next morning, Eastman says he woke up and noticed his son wasn’t home but didn’t think twice, as the teen often left their house to hang out with his friends, including Benny Marquez, who lived close by. The two had been close friends since kindergarten, and B.J. says Ben would often spend weekends at Marquez’s house.

“I didn’t ever worry about him over there,” B.J. says.

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B.J. says it wasn’t until Tuesday that he began to worry about his son, because he says no one had heard from him.

“Then, I started looking around. I couldn’t come up with anything,” B.J. recalls. “So I went to work Wednesday morning, and I couldn’t get through. I called the Sheriff, reported him missing and then, I just knew something was up.”

On June 28, Ben’s body was found in a shallow grave on a remote property belonging to Marquez’s relatives. Marquez and his 21-year-old brother, Jonathon Adamson, are accused by authorities of luring Ben into the woods for a camping trip and then raping him with an object and beating him to death. Both have been charged with first-degree murder, rape, tampering with evidence and unlawful disposal of remains. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Hear more of B.J.’s story in the video above.

On Wednesday, hear how B.J. says he used social media to lead him to his missing son’s body. Check here to see where you can watch.

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