Less than two years ago, Brian Snow was part of the Blue Springs Special Olympics flag football team that earned a national title.

Less than two years ago, Brian Snow was part of the Blue Springs Special Olympics flag football team that earned a national title.


Today, the 21-year-old Snow’s whereabouts are unknown, and his former coach is upset, shocked and, most of all, concerned.


“Brian liked to have a lot of fun,” said Mark Haley, who was head coach of the flag football team that took the gold at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. “He brought a lot of life to the team and had a great attitude. You could tell he enjoyed being around his teammates and being part of team – he liked that a lot. He always had a good sense of humor and liked to play jokes and liked to laugh.”


Reported missing since April 14, Snow was last seen by his family when he left his residence in the 4900 block of South Valley View in Independence. As a special needs individual, Snow requires medication daily, which he hasn’t had since his disappearance, according to Independence police.


He’s described as 5-feet-8, 160 pounds, blue eyes, red hair and a light complexion. Those with information about Snow’s whereabouts should call 816-325-7330 or 816-474-8477.


Snow, who played center on the football team, always had a huge heart, Haley said, and always wanted to help others. He also enjoyed being a part of a team and the family-like atmosphere among the boys.


“He’s never known a stranger – a lot of people know Brian because he was so friendly,” Haley said. “He would introduce himself and would start talking like you’ve known him for years. I hope he’s OK because it’s a sad deal.”


Just as Snow liked helping others, Haley said he hopes others will keep the young man in their thoughts as the search for him continues.


“I just hope that he’s OK. I pray that he’s OK, and that everything is OK,” Haley said. “Brian’s got a great heart. He’s always loved to help others. I hope that everyone can kind of help, just like he would, and keep an eye out for him and pay attention. Hopefully, we can find him.”