Missing Jackson County corrections officer Jose Padilla found safe


Authorities confirm they have safely located missing corrections officer Jose Padilla. He was found around 7 a.m. Monday. 

A family member told 41 Action News he was found near Sugar Creek.

We're working to gather more and will update this story as new details become available.


A Jackson County corrections officer has been missing for a week, and his loved ones desperately want to find him.

Jose Padilla left a bar in the 400 block of Southwest Boulevard last Sunday. Since then, there have been suspected sightings, but his loved ones need help to bring him home.

Randy Reyes is Padilla's cousin. He met at the Jackson County Detention Center on Sunday morning to join a group of Padilla's co-workers who were organizing search teams.

"My concern is, is he eating? Is he drinking water? Who's he with?" Reyes asked.

Five teams of searchers were quipped with maps and walkie-talkies as they canvassed neighborhoods on Kansas City's northeast side, handing out flyers with Padilla's picture on the front.

Kiva Hill is a corrections officer. She's worked with Padilla for three years.

"I called him and it just rang. And I called him back later and it went straight to voicemail, so that was kind of creepy," Hill shared.

Hill and two of her colleagues went door to door passing out flyers along St. John Avenue.

According to Padilla's family, he has undiagnosed mental health issues and has wandered off before.

But he's never been gone this long.

"Its been a gradual decline so to speak." Reyes shared. "Sometimes you can see him OK, and sometimes not."

Padilla has worked at the Jackson County Detention Center for more than 12 years. Many of his co-workers searched for him before clocking in to work.

"There are officers that still have to go to shift tonight and they're out here working. That just shows you we're a family and we're looking out for each other," Hill shared.

Anyone with information on Padilla is asked to call 816-234-5111.

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