Coroner releases what caused Chad Rogers’ death

Chad Steward Rogers

LIBERTY, Mo. — The 30-year-old Liberty man found dead in late July inside a portable restroom after he never returned home from a run, died of natural causes related to valvular heart disease according to the Jackson County Coroner.

FOX 4’s Gia Vang spoke to Chad Rogers’ father on Wednesday afternoon about the coroner’s findings.  Greg Rogers said Chad had a heart defect since birth, which was monitored regularly. He said doctors were aware of his heart murmur, but never put any limitations on him. Rogers’ father said Chad’s aortic valve failed.

He said he was happy to have this official report to provide closure for them.

The report includes a diagnosis of congenital bicuspid aortic valve with fibrotic thickening, as well as left ventricular hypertrophy with histological evidence of fibrosis.

“In my opinion, Chad Steward Rogers died as a result of valvular heart disease as a result of a congenital bicuspid aortic valve with evidence of insufficiency causing left ventricular hypertrophy and ischemic changes,” the coroner wrote.

Chad Rogers’ family and friends received a massive response from friends and strangers in their search for him.  Rogers was a marathon runner and left his Liberty home Monday, July 22nd at about 8:30 p.m. to run, but he never returned.

A facebook page titled “Bring Chad Rogers Home” was created and hundreds of volunteers helped search the area after police dogs tracked his scent.

Then, Friday afternoon, July 26, a construction worker opened the door of the portable restroom near South Valley Junior High School and found a man dead inside.

Chad Rogers’ father held a news conference a few hours after the discovery to thank everyone for their prayers and support.

“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,” Greg Rogers said. “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.”

A memorial fund has been set up to help Chad’s wife, Sarah and 13-month old son, Matthew.

Donations can be sent to:

The Chad Rogers Memorial Fund
c/o U.S. Bank
1909 West Kansas St.
Liberty, Mo. 64068

When Chad’s body was found, friends maintaining the facebook page “Bring Chad Home” changed it to “Chad is Home’.

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