Police are using dogs in the search for a Liberty man who failed to return home from an evening run.
Authorities said 30-year-old Chad Rogers left his parents' house on Amesbury Avenue in Liberty at 8:30 p.m. Monday to go on a run and has not been seen or heard from since.
On Tuesday night, Liberty Christian Fellowship, the family's church, served as command central for the search. It was a combined effort with civilian search teams following the suggestions of Liberty police.
The citizen search crews of more than 400 church members, those who know Rogers and volunteers, fanned out after waiting hours inside the packed church.
"I know some of them. I certainly don't know all of them. It's kind of a testament to the power of social media," search organizer Tim Fritson said.
Rogers' father, Greg Rogers, said he was truly humbled that such a large group would show up to look his son.
Just as the volunteers showed up to help, the police search was changing direction, putting the citizen search on hold.
A bloodhound started sniffing about 4 p.m. and caught a scent leading east of Chad Rogers' family home.
The veteran marathon runner, his wife and their 1-year-old son had been staying there for seven months, waiting for their Jefferson City home to sell.
"He didn't take his keys, didn't take his wallet, didn't take anything like that," Sgt. Robert Kumpost said.
The veteran marathon runner frequently ran between 3-15 miles along several different routes.
On prior runs, he wore a watch, that could track his run. However, on Monday night's run, he was not tracked, so police looked at past runs for clues. That was until a media blitz brought calls from people who saw him running a route opposite the usual ones.
When the scent trail ran dry just after 7:30 p.m., the citizen search groups finally were able to fan out in quadrants suggested by police.
"As the hours go by, it is harder, but there is still hope. So we're going to just continue to pray and continue to hope that we find him," Greg Rogers said.
As his family waits for an outcome, the outpouring of people dedicating time to help locate Chad Rogers was a sight that brought his father to tears.
Chad Rogers was last seen wearing a bright orange visor with Newton Running printed on it, black running shorts, red running shoes and was not wearing a shirt.
He is described to be 5'11, 175 pounds with a shaved head and several tattoos.
If you've seen him please notify the Liberty Police Department at 816-439-4701.
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