Police, search groups looking for answers after Columbia man disappeared in Osage Beach

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- Columbia Police say Aaron Brantley was on his way to Osage Beach on February 8th. He last spoke with a relative on the phone around 4:00 in the evening that day, but has not been seen or heard from since.

"He was supposed to be going to Osage Beach. For what reason, we're not sure," said Kimberly Bodle, founder of the Missouri Search and Rescue Ground Team non-profit group. "From what we understand, the Osage Beach Police Department did see what tower his phone pinged off of last, and it was the one right by Target where we set up base camp."

Bodle said they used drones and volunteers searched the area last Thursday, but were unsuccessful. The search was also planned for Friday, but was cancelled due to winter weather.

"He is missing and he is endangered especially with the weather that we're having," Bodle said. "It's not conducive to survival if exposed to the elements."

Brantley is 6'1, weighing between 200 and 225 pounds. He has brown hair.

He was last seen wearing gray tennis shoes, grayish-blue pants, a brown flannel shirt, and black winter coat.

Brantley was driving a silver 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe with Missouri plates. That plate reads UEI P3U.

The car has also not been found.

Bodle says she's seen rumors on Facebook saying Brantley's disappearance is a hoax. Bodle is adamant it's not.

She also says she does not believe he's at his parent's house, something Bodle said was also suggested on Facebook.

"His parents were at the search with us," Bodle said. "They're good people. They're worried about their son. As far as I'm concerned, he's not at their house."

Investigators say the Osage Beach PoliceDepartment, Troop F of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Camden and Miller County Sheriff's Offices have been alerted to Brantley's disappearance, but only the Columbia Police Department is investigating.

Right now, the group is only doing private searches. They say there is information they have shared to law enforcement and can't release publicly.

The Columbia Police Department did not have any additional information, but If you have any information on where Brantley may be, you're asked to call them at 573-874-7652.

You can also call the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 800-877-3492.