Friends and family search for missing Liberty runner

LIBERTY, Mo. - Former church youth leader Chad Rogers of Liberty, Mo., is missing after not returning from a run around 8:30 p.m., Monday night.

On Tuesday, volunteers organized to begin the search for missing 30-year-old Rogers.

He was last seen wearing black running shorts, red running shoes, no shirt and a bright orange visor. He never jogged with an ID or cell phone.

His family said he is an experienced runner who has completed the Boston Marathon and that this is not typical behavior for Rogers, who is a self-described stay-at-home father of one.

Rogers and his wife recently left Jefferson City and the First United Church where he worked to be closer to family in Liberty.

Around 5:20 p.m., Tuesday, Liberty police reported K-9 units picked up Rogers' scent in South Liberty.

At the time, police asked volunteers to stay put so the dog would not get confused and lose the scent.

After the dog took a rest and was back on the scent, more than 450 volunteers headed back out to search in groups with maps in hand.

"I'm really encouraged by the number of people who are here to help," Tim Fritson, a friend of Rogers, said.

Family and friends have also made a Facebook page called "Bring Chad Home" to post updates and gather information.

"He's fun-loving and is one of the people you meet and you feel like you've been friends a lot longer than that. You've actually known each other. Just real personable and outgoing," Fritson said.

The family has contacted law enforcement and area hospitals, however have not received any updates regarding his whereabouts.

Stacy Bolin and Rogers are both members of the Liberty Area Runners, who run together frequently.

"The very first morning that he showed up he said he was so glad to find our group because he didn't like having to run by himself so much," Bolin said. 

Jeriney knows Rogers from her job at 96.5 The Buzz where he worked years ago. She used every social media contact at her disposal to get the word out and it worked.

"I saw his wife's Facebook post I said she was really worried about it and obviously I immediately started sharing and getting the word out there as much as I could," Jeriney said, "I want my friend back. I want to know where he is. I want him to be safe."

If you have any information, please notify the Liberty Police Department at (816) 439-4701.

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