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Thursday, April 29, 2021

From the desk of Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax

This is in reference to the deceased male found in the Amsterdam area February 27, 2021.

The attached release from the Bates County Sheriff’s Office describes an initial missing persons report and subsequent attempts to locate. As indicated, my office was contacted when remains were located by a property owner. My office took possession of the remains and began a death investigation. The remains were positively identified as Chad Rogers, who was the subject of the missing person investigation.

An autopsy was held as part of the investigation, which did not at any time indicate foul play. The autopsy report and investigation have been finalized, with the cause and manner of death being ruled accidental in nature.

I am hopeful this provides appropriate closure to family members and close friends, who remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Greg D. Mullinax
Bates County Coroner

** Attached Release from the BCSO**
On February 10th at approximately 530 PM the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to an adult male who had not been seen or heard from since 10 am on February 9th. The subject was reported missing by his wife. She stated that on February 9th she was taking him to a family member’s house in Amsterdam. When they arrived it had appeared that the family member had guest so Rogers did not want to stop. Rogers had her drop him off down the road approximately one mile from the family residence. Rogers exited the vehicle leaving his phone and wallet inside. The wife stated the last time she saw him he was walking south in the road.

On February 11th teams of deputies responded to the area and began to go door to door to locate anyone who may have seen Rogers in the area. Due to extremely cold weather, two drones were deployed to cover as much ground in the area as fast as possible. During the search a family member was located and stated that on the day prior he had searched for him and observed footprints traveling south along the side of the road. The family member took deputies to the area where they located the footprints and followed them south to J highway. It was believed that he may have gotten into a car at J Highway. During the search deputies received information about a possible sighting of a male who resembled Rogers at Pete’s in Rich Hill Mo.

Deputies responded to Pete’s and reviewed video. The video was shown to the spouse who agreed that the subject had similar clothing, same walking and behavior patterns as Rogers. The male subject walks off camera behind Pete’s toward the car wash. Search efforts were then concentrated to the Rich Hill area. Detectives filed for search warrants on phone records, contacted known associates, family in other states and his employer.

On Saturday February 27th, The Sheriff’s Office received a call from a property owner who stated that they found a male subject deceased near a pond behind their residence in the area where Rogers was last seen in Amsterdam. The subject was found a few feet from the water laying up under a cedar tree. The physical and clothing description matches that of Rogers. Rogers spouse was notified by detectives. At this point there does not appear to be any foul play suspected.

The male subject was turned over to the Bates County Coroner where an autopsy has been scheduled.