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Several family photos of Chad Rogers were used as part of a handbill that searchers circulated after he went missing on July 22, 2013, in Liberty, Mo. His body was found on July 26.

Several family photos of Chad Rogers were used as part of a handbill that searchers circulated after he went missing on July 22, 2013, in Liberty, Mo. His body was found on July 26.

Like his Mid-Missouri friends, Liberty police still are waiting for an official cause-of-death in the Chad Rogers case.

And it could be another month before that happens.

Rogers, 30, a former youth minister at Jefferson City’s First United Methodist Church, disappeared July 22 after leaving his parents’ home in Liberty for an evening jog.

His body was found July 26 inside a portable toilet at a construction site at Liberty’s South Valley Junior High School.

Officials said then that there were no signs of foul play, but that a final determination of what caused Rogers’ death would not be made until the Jackson County Medical Examiner completed its autopsy report.

“They advised that the report could take anywhere from six to eight weeks,” Liberty police Administrative Sgt. Robert Kumpost said in an e-mail Wednesday. “They know we want to be notified when it is complete.”

Rogers, his wife, Sarah, and their son, Matthew, 1, had moved from Jefferson City to Liberty earlier this year, to be closer to his family.

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