North Texas officer disappears after running marathon in San Antonio

Jeremy Ray Varnell, 43 disa­ppeared following Rock 'N' Roll Marathon

The San Antonio Police Department is asking for the public's help to track down a missing man from Dallas who was in town for the Rock-n-Roll Marathon last weekend.

According to SAPD, Jeremy Ray Varnell, 43, checked into the El Tropicano hotel on Friday afternoon but he never checked out after running the marathon.

According to a police report, Varnell spent time with some friends Saturday then ran the marathon Sunday morning.

According to official race results, Varnell finished the race with a time of 5:55:44.

After the race, Varnell went to dinner with his friends and then said goodnight around 9:30 Sunday night.

Varnell was supposed to meet up with his friends again Monday morning for breakfast before heading back to Dallas but he never showed up and did not answer his phone.

Worried about him, a family member contacted hotel security and they checked his room early Tuesday morning. Inside the room they found Varnell's clothes and other personal items but he was not there and his car was missing.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Varnell is a Sergeant with the Flower Mound Police Department. He has been a police officer for 22 years and spent the past 19 years with Flower Mound P.D. The department has sent two detectives to San Antonio to assist with the investigation into his disappearance.

Varnell was a member of a group called 'Marathon Adventures', according to is biography on the group's web site, Varnell has run eight marathons on three continents including two at the Great Wall of China.

According to the police report, Varnell's friends and family said it is 'very odd for him to be missing' and he has 'no history of medical or mental problems'.

Varnell was driving a blue 2012 Ford Focus with Texas plate DF1X970. He was last seen wearing a black San Antonio Marathon shirt, black shorts, black socks and black running shoes. He is described as 5'9", 220 pounds with green eyes and short brown hair.

If you have any information about this case you are asked to call SAPD's missing person's unit at 210-207-7660.

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