CARTHAGE, Mo. — UPDATE 6:30 a.m. Sunday
A search effort in Anderson for a missing Carthage man was called off after he contacted his family.
According to son Joshua Bergen's Facebook page, Stephen A. Bergen, 51, contacted his family after 6 a.m. Sunday morning after he was reported missing since Friday afternoon.
Details about his condition weren't immediately available.
A Carthage family will conduct a search Sunday morning for Stephen A. Bergen, who the family says has been missing since Friday.
Bergen, 51, was last seen at about 1 p.m. Friday at Forest Park Baptist Church in Joplin, said his son Joshua Bergen, of Perry, Mo. He was first reported missing Saturday when he did not show up to a painting job site Saturday morning.
Later, Joshua Bergen said an uncle who lives in Split Log found Stephen Bergen's vehicle at his deceased grandmother's house. The doors were unlocked, the keys were in the ignition and his cellphone was connected to a charger, Joshua Bergen said.
Bergen and others conducted a search Saturday afternoon, but did not find him before nightfall. The family is asking for volunteers to help locate him.
Joshua Bergen said that a missing person's report was filed with the McDonald County Sheriff's Department, and that deputies might be able to assist with the search Sunday morning.
Stephen Bergen is a self-employed painter and a former pastor. According to Stephen Bergen's Facebook page, he is also a case manager and volunteer coordinator for Samaritan's Purse, a group assisting with the May 22, 2011 tornado.
This is the first time that Stephen has disappeared in this manner, Joshua Bergen said, and family members said he had no health issues that would explain the disappearance.
The search will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at 763 Wilson Road in Anderson.
Stephen Bergen is described as a white male, 5-foot-8-inches with brown and gray hair and hazel and gray eyes. He has no tattoos or unique scars and was last seen wearing painters' whites and tennis shoes.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 804-274-8385.