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UPDATE: Independence man found dead

INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) - The search for a missing man quickly turned tragic this morning. Friends and family began searching for 43-year-old Gregory Ratchford of Independence Wednesday morning.

Ratchford was last seen downtown Monday night at the Majestic Sports Bar in downtown Independence. His home is less than a mile from the bar, but he was found near a creek about a block past his house.

The search for Greg Ratchford started in the same place he was last seen. Around 50 people gathered at the sports bar hoping to find a friend, loved one, and fellow co-worker.

"I got a phone call from the family last night and they were concerned not enough was being done, so we got this search together and had everyone meet here this morning," search volunteer Arletta Schweitzer said.

But the search was over minutes after it started, when Ratchford's body was discovered near a creek. Family members knew it was unlike Ratchford to go anywhere without telling someone first.

"He was going to go home to his girls, and between here and home, he never made it home," Ratchford's sister, Deb Roberts said.  

Now those two daughters have lost a loving father. 

"He's a great father.  He loves his children.  He loves them girls very much.  They were his world," Roberts said.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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