After the events of the past week. I wanted to remind everyone to be safe out there when hiking, biking, running, walking, or really any outdoor activities. One needs to especially careful when doing these activities alone.
On Monday a runner named Chad Rogers went out for a run from his house in Liberty MO and never returned. A huge community outpouring and search began early Tuesday and continued until late Thursday night. A Facebook page and twitter account were created. We learned mid afternoon on Friday that there had been a body found in a porta potty at a construction site near a Liberty Middle School. The police have not confirmed that it is Chads body at this time and there has not been an announcement of a cause of death either. To find out updates please visit Kansas City news channels here and here as well as the Facebook page here. Lots of questions are still unanswered.
If you are headed out this weekend to enjoy the outdoors alone, with family, or even friends please tell someone where you are going. Send an email with your plans, a text message, or even call someone. Tell them when you are leaving where you are going and when you expect to be back. There are several programs and devices that can help keep tabs on your location and also provide you a way to easily reach out to emergency groups quickly. Such devices such as the SPOT locator or even programs like Yodel. Other programs like FollowMee, MapMyHike, and many others that will even allow you to live stream your location to friends and family.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Rogers family during this time of heartbreak and loss.