BREAKING: Body of Missing Jogger Recovered from State Park


SAN ANGELO,TX – The body of a  San Angelo man who went missing in the San Angelo State Park has been recovered Friday.

On July 29th, Darren Corley went to the San Angelo State Park for an afternoon jog then went missing. His vehicle was found at the south entrance to the park.

Law enforcement shut down the park and ran air and foot patrol, canines, and mounted officers to search for Corley.

A Facebook post from The Vape Shop reads:

Dear customers who we consider friends and family, it greatly saddens us to bring you this news. Darren has been found but he is no longer with us. We do not have all the details but everything appears to be of natural causes thus far.

Darren was the heart and soul of The Vape Stop. We owe so much of our success to him. He lived for The Vape Stop and it was all because he loved his job so much. It was almost impossible to get him to stay home on his days off. He always wanted to be here. Here was home for him. We were his second family. The outpouring of support over the past two days shows us just how many lives he touched. He had a way of making all our customers feel at home. His customer service was second to none. He cannot be replaced.

We are completely devastated by his loss. Thank you everyone who tried to help by wanting to volunteer. Thank you for sharing our posts and thank you so much for all your prayers. He will be greatly missed and never ever forgotten.”

The park remains closed.

The Tom Green County Sheriff Office released the following statement on the search for Darren Corley:

Darren Keith Corley, 62, was last seen around 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 after informing associates he was going walking in the area of San Angelo State Park.  His family reported him missing to the San Angelo Police Department the following morning. 

Corley's vehicle was subsequently discovered at Burkett Trail Head inside the San Angelo State Park.  A multi-agency search for Corley was assembled on Thursday and continued throughout the day and into the evening without positive results.  On Friday, July 30, 2021, the search for Corley resumed.  At approximately 11:00 a.m., Corley's body was found in a heavily wooded area inside the park.  

The search consisted of foot and bike patrols as well as deputies on horseback and all -terrain vehicles.   Searches by air were conducted by helicopter and drones.    Additionally, cell data and GPS data was utilized in the effort to find Mr. Corley.   Foul play is not suspected at this time. 

The Tom Green County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank all agencies who helped in locating Mr. Corley.

Agencies involved in the search include the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office, San Angelo Police Department, San Angelo Fire Department, U.S. Customs Air Branch Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Midland County Sheriff's Posse. 

The search for Mr. Corley was the third ground and air search for a missing person conducted in Tom Green County this calendar year.

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