LIBERTY, Mo. -- Greg Rogers, Chad Rogers' father, spoke about his son on Friday afternoon who they believe was found earlier in the afternoon. Fighting through strong emotions, his message focused on how thankful he and his family were despite the tragic circumstances surrounding his son.
"At one point I asked for the eyes of God and I'm thankful that we got them and we can now send him home," Rogers said.
He also said thanked numerous volunteers and organizations for all of the assistance they received throughout the search process.
"We know how loved we are when this community wraps its arms around us like this one did. Thank you for all of the love and support that has been shown," Rogers said.
The Chad Rogers Memorial Fund has been set up at U.S. Bank located at 1909 W. Kansas Street in Liberty, Mo. 64068. Those wishing to leave condolences are encouraged to leave them on a Facebook page that will be called: Chad Rogers is home.
Police addressed the public at 3:30 p.m about a body found that is believed to be that of Rogers. The news conference was brief and the spokesperson from the Liberty Police Dept. did not take any questions afterward.
In his prepared statement, Sgt. Robert Kumpost said:
"The Liberty Police Dept responded to a suspicious circumstance call earlier today and has discovered a body in an outdoor restroom near South Valley Junior High School. The Liberty Police will continue its investigation with the assistance from the Jackson County Medical Examiner.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner will determine the identity and cause of death. We are not ruling out the possiblity 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."
A vigil that was planned for later on Friday evening has been canceled according to the Facebook page. A post on the page also said that a memorial service is expected to take place early next week.
Fritson posted a message on the Facebook page shortly before 1 p.m. on Friday. The post read:
"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 Click here to see the post.
Rogers was last seen when he went for a run around 8:30 p.m. Monday. News of Rogers’ disappearance spread like wildfire on social media. The “Bring Chad Home” Facebook page has more than 29,000 likes — after only being up for 48 hours. Hundreds of volunteers, along with the Liberty Police Department and the Community Response Team and CERT searched for Chad this week.
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