Update (7:45) – The family of missing runner Chad Rogers is reporting that his body was found today (Fri). The 30-year-old was located this (Fri) afternoon in a portable toilet set up on the South Valley Junior High School campus in Liberty. Police says positive identification has not occurred. The body was sent to the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Rogers disappeared Monday evening after the marathon runner left his home to go on a jog.
A construction worker in Liberty made a gruesome discovery on Friday. A body was found near the South Valley Junior High School baseball field. Police Sergeant Robert Kumpost said during a press conference Friday afternoon that the remains have been sent to the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification and to determine the cause of death. “We realize this is a difficult time for the community,” Sgt. Kumpost said. “We appreciate the outpouring of support and your patience as we continue our investigation.
Authorities said they are not ruling out the possibility that the remains are those of Chad Rogers. The Liberty resident was reported missing Monday after he didn’t return from his daily jog. The search for Rogers has reportedly been cancelled. According to the “Bring Chad Rogers Home” Facebook page, a vigil that was planned for Friday evening has been cancelled. A post on that same page said a memorial service is expected to be held early next week. Word started to spread earlier in the day after Tim Fritson, a youth pastor at Liberty Christian Fellowship, posted this on the social media site:
“PLEASE SHARE: Friends, it is with a very heavy heart that I communicate that the Liberty Police Department has tentatively located the body of Chad Rogers. The cause is not known at this time. The search has been called off. Please give the family space over the next few days as they process through the difficulty of this time. In the coming days there will be information regarding contributing financially toward the family. We will post when we have that information. Thank you for your search efforts over the last 4 days. You’ve been very helpful throughout the process.” – Tim Fritson.
Additional information is expected to be released in the coming days.