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July 24, 2013 11:49 AM

[ARCHIVED] Body Found in Southern Liberty

The Liberty Police Department is continuing its search for Chad Rogers, who has been missing from his residence since Monday, July 22 at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Rogers left to go running and his family has not seen or heard from him since. Liberty Police, aided by the Liberty Fire Department and the Kansas City Police Helicopter, initially searched an area west of Interstate 35 where his family indicated he liked to run. Police then used a canine to search an area where two witnesses stated that they had seen a person running who matched Rogers’s description at the approximate time he left his residence. Groups of volunteers assisted in the search by walking the route indicated by the canine. After dark, Liberty Police again used the Kansas City Police Department’s helicopter using infrared to search the area.

The search will continue and the police will continue to follow-up on credible leads and use other resources to locate Rogers. He was last seen wearing a bright orange visor with Newton Running printed on it, black running shorts, red running shoes and was not wearing a shirt. Rogers is a white male, 30 years old and is described as: 5’11” - 175 lbs., with a shaved head, tattoos across his upper chest, arms and forearms and on both thighs and on his right calf.

If you’ve seen Rogers since 8:30 p.m. on July 22, please notify the Liberty Police Department at 816.439.4701 or via email at police@ci.liberty.mo.us.

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Latest Update:

July 26, 2013 4:06 PM

Body found in southern Liberty



The Liberty Police Department responded to a suspicious circumstance call earlier today and discovered a body in an outdoor restroom near South Valley Junior High School.

Liberty Police will continue its investigation with assistance from the Jackson County medical examiner. The medical examiner will determine the identity and cause of death. Police are not ruling out the possibility that the body is that of missing running Chad Rogers.

“The Liberty Police Department realizes that this has been a difficult time for the community,” Sgt. Bob Kumpost said in a press briefing this afternoon. “We appreciate the outpouring of support and your patience as we continue our investigation. We will notify the media as soon as we receive the results from the medical examiner.”

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July 26, 2013 11:51 AM

For the past three days, the Liberty Police Department, with assistance from the Liberty Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), hundreds of volunteers and other public safety agencies, have searched targeted areas identified through leads and canine searches.

“We appreciate the patience, help and understanding from all of the volunteers who have given their time and support to finding Chad,” said Liberty Police Chief James Simpson. “At this time all targeted areas have been searched with no results. If any new search areas are developed from current or future leads, the Police Department will coordinate assistance through the Liberty CERT.”

Liberty Police will continue to follow up on new leads for Rogers. The Police Department asks that anyone who might have seen Rogers after 8:30 p.m., on Monday, July 22 call 816.439.4701

Future calls for volunteers and official updates from the Liberty Police Department will be issued through a news release, distributed to area media and posted to the City’s website and social media accounts (www.ci.liberty.mo.us, www.facebook.com/LibertyMissouri or www.twitter.com/LibertyMissouri).


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July 25, 2013 7:36 PM

Update #4: All targeted areas searched with help from volunteers, canines and other agencies



On Thursday, the Liberty Police Department, through the Community Response Team (CERT), coordinated volunteers in an expanded search area along Birmingham Road in Liberty.

The search efforts were aided by additional canine units, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol, and the Kansas City Police Department Mounted Patrol. At this time all targeted areas have been searched with no results.

Liberty Police will continue to follow up on new leads for the missing Rogers. If any new search areas are developed from those leads, the police department will coordinate assistance through the CERT.

The Police Department asks that anyone who might have seen Rogers after 8:30 p.m., on Monday, July 22 call 816.439.4701.

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