Search and rescue underway in Osage Beach for missing Columbia man

7 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, February 14 2019 Feb 14, 2019 Thursday, February 14, 2019 1:42:00 PM CST February 14, 2019 in News
By: McKenna Alexander, KOMU 8 Digital Producer & Savannah Rudicel, KOMU 8 Reporter
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OSAGE BEACH - The Missouri Search and Rescue Ground Team is searching for a Columbia man who has reportedly been missing since Feb. 8. 

Aaron Brantley, 41, was driving to Osage Beach and was last heard from by his wife, Becky Brantley around 4 p.m. on Feb. 8.

"I have been doing everything I can to find him," Becky said. "I don't know what else to do except go look and keep searching, because he's out there somewhere. I will find him."

Aaron Brantley's phone pinged a tower in Osage Beach before it turned off. His wife said friends told her he was going to a bowling alley near Lake of the Ozarks. Volunteers are focusing their search around those two locations.

Kimberly Bodle, leader of the Missouri Search and Rescue Ground Team, said although the search team is dedicated, it is a small group.

"We need people desperately. We need people out here," Bodle said. "This is somebody's son, somebody's husband, somebody's dad. If it was their family member, they would want everybody out."

Becky is trying to find the strength to keep searching.

"I am trying to keep my faith, and that's about all we can do at this point," Becky said. "I know my husband, he's a fighter. He is really strong and he is out there just waiting for me to find him and I will not stop."

Aaron Brantley is described as being 6 foot, 1 inch tall, 220 pounds, with blonde/brown hair and blue eyes.

His family set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for supplies for volunteers.

Anyone with information on Brantley's whereabouts is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573-874-7652 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 800-877-3452.

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