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July 5, 2013

Missing man's body recovered in Virginia

Oneonta's West End was searched for Robert C. Merkel, 80

Staff Report
The Daily Star

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The body of an 80-year-old Virginia man who was the subject of a search by local police this week was recovered today in the Eastern Shore area of Virginia, officials said today.
Authorities said the death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.
The man, Robert C. Merkel Sr. of Chesapeake, Va., had been last seen on Monday and investigators said there were indications he may have been in the West End of Oneonta earlier this week. Items that may have belonged to Merkel were located earlier today at the Valero convenience store in the West End, officials said.
Authorities said Merkel had been having health problems and apparently did not have his medications with him during the period when he could not be located.
A missing person alert for Merkel was canceled by the Otsego County Sheriff's Office at about 5 p.m. today.
Investigators urged anyone with information about Merkel to contact the Chesapeake, Va., Police Department at 757-382-6161.