UPDATE: According to a post on the "Bring Chad Rogers home" Facebook page, a body believed to be that of Chad Rogers has been found.
"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," the post by Tim Friston stated.
According to WDAF, the body was found in a portable toilet near Discovery Middle School.
Police said at a press conference Friday afternoon that it is possible the body is Rogers, but they are waiting for the medical examiner to make an official identification.
“The Jackson County Medical Examiner will determine the identity and cause of death," Sergeant Bob Kumpost said. "We are not ruling out the possibility that the body is that of missing runner Chad Rogers. We realize that this has been a difficult time for the community. We appreciate the outpouring of support and patience as we continue our investigation. We will notify the media as soon as we receive the results from the Medical Examiner.”
Authorities are searching for a 30-year-old Liberty, Missouri father who disappeared after leaving his house to go for a run on Monday night.
Chad Rogers was last seen around 8:30 p.m. on Monday. Rogers, a marathon runner, often ran 3 to 15 miles at a time but family members grew concerned when he did not return hours later. When he left, he did not have his phone or any identification with him, and he was not wearing a shirt.
Law enforcement officials and hundreds of volunteers conducted extensive searches throughout the week, but Liberty police announced Friday morning that all targeted areas have been searched and no more volunteers are currently needed.
Detectives have conducted a door-to-door canvass in the area and they have also used a Kansas City Police Department helicopter equipped with infrared technology.
At one point, bloodhounds picked up Rogers’ scent near the intersection of Ruth Ewing Road and Birmingham Road in Liberty and followed it for about two miles, but they lost the scent around Highway 210, according to WDAF.
Police said Friday they will continue to pursue all credible leads and they will notify the public if they do need volunteers for additional searches.
“We appreciate the patience, help and understanding from all of the volunteers who have given their time and support to finding Chad,” Liberty Police Chief James Simpson said in a statement Friday morning. “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.”
A vigil is planned for 8:15 p.m. Friday at South Liberty Baptist Church on Ruth Ewing Road, which is near the area where the dogs last picked up Rogers’ scent.
Rogers is described as a white male, 5’11” and 175 lbs. He was last seen wearing a bright orange visor, black running shorts and red running shoes. Police have released close-up photos of tattoos on his chest, arms and legs.
Anyone who has seen Rogers since 8:30 p.m. on July 22 is asked to contact the Liberty Police Department at 816.439.4701 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.