(JTA) – The body of a missing father of seven was found inside his car in a ravine in a New York state park.

Peretz Sontag of Pomona in Rockland County was found dead by a hiker on Sunday in the Harriman State Park. The cause of death is not known.

Sontag, 50, had been missing since March 14 after making references to harming himself before he left home that day, according to reports. Hundreds of volunteers had searched the area, including the park, during the ten days that he was missing.

Sontag’s last-known location, when his cellphone was pinged by police, was the park. The car was difficult to locate because it was deep in the ravine, according to News 12 Westchester.

A friend of Sontag’s told the Journal News that Sontag was upset about a failing business and that he and his family had returned to the United States from Israel due to financial difficulties.

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Source: JTA


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