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April 10, 2012

Body of man missing since March 4 found

DUNLO — A missing Adams Township man, who had been the subject of an intensive search, was found dead early Tuesday afternoon in a remote, wooded area about three miles north of Cairnbrook in Shade Township.

The body of George Rachael, 87, of Dunlo, was found by all-terrain vehicle riders, said Adams Township police Chief Kirk Moss.

Rachael was last seen at 6 p.m. March 4 when he left home in his pickup. The concern by authorities at the time was that Rachael, who had Parkinson’s disease, may not have been taking his medication and may have been in a confused state.

It is believed that on the night he left, Rachael ended up near Cairnbrook, about 20 miles south of his home.

His truck ended up on a dirt tram road and became stuck in a mudhole, Moss said.

There was a blinding snowstorm that night, and it is believed Rachael left his truck and became disoriented in the storm.

Assisting in the ongoing investigation are the Somerset County Coroner’s Office, Shade Township police and state police.

An autopsy was scheduled for today to determine the cause of death, Moss said.

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