There has been a lot of talk around the Tri-Cities this past week about a local man who is missing. His name is Cody Mason. No one has seen or hard from the 26-year-old in nearly two weeks.
UPDATE / RICHLAND, WA - The search for a missing man from Richland is over.
The father of 26-year-old Cody Mason says Mason's girlfriend found his body Sunday night in some brush along the 1200 block of Fowler Street.
Friends and family reported Mason missing in early June. He was wanted by Franklin County Authorities for larceny and theft.
Richland Police say the Benton County Coroner now has Mason's body. Officers haven't said how the man died, or when the coroner plans to perform an autopsy.
RICHLAND, WA - There has been a lot of talk around the Tri-Cities this past week about a local man who is missing. His name is Cody Mason. No one has seen or heard from the 26-year-old in nearly two weeks. In that time, Mason missed a court date and now has a warrant out for his arrest.
He was last seen at Bateman Island on Saturday, June 7th.
"I made the page Help Find Cody Mason. His mom is a part of that. We get support through there. It gives us hope that maybe we'll find him. Maybe we'll get some answers or a lead. But we don't know," said Cody's girlfriend, Cynthia Haley.
The last time Cynthia heard from him was 10:30 p.m. on June 7th. Two people reported seeing him at Bateman Island around that same time.
"Mr. Mason made some comments that he was going to harm himself and he left on his own free will. So that means he's a missing person and endangered, in that he could harm himself," said Kennewick Police Officer Keith Noble.
Cody does have a history of drug abuse but his girlfriend said he was on a good path. Causing some confusion, however, police issued an arrest warrant this week after Cody missed a court date, three days after the last time anyone heard from him.
"His court date was the following Monday. Me and his dad were there hoping he'd walk through the front door and he didn't. He's never missed a court date. He lived with me. Never missed a court date, always on his court appearances, always talking to the lawyers," said Haley.
"Right now we're taking all the information that comes into the police department. Either through Crime Stoppers or people calling dispatch, through friends or even people calling the police station. Any information that comes in, we run with it and see what we can find out," said Officer Noble.
"We hope that with the community's help we can find closure. Whether it's finding him or maybe he is hiding and maybe someone will see him and just bringing him home, knowing he's okay, would help us heal and give us some closure," said Haley.
Family and friends have organized a search party to look for Cody at Bateman Island on Saturday morning. It's scheduled for 8 a.m.