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Missing Lake Geneva man found dead in Maryland

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Kevin Hoffman
November 22, 2011
— A missing Lake Geneva man was found dead Monday at a Maryland state park less than a mile from where authorities found his abandoned van.

Sgt. Art Windemuth of the Maryland Natural Resources Police said search teams discovered the body of 75-year-old James H. Wilson at about 9 a.m. Monday in a ravine. His van was located Sunday, prompting as many as 50 volunteers to search the forest.


Windemuth said Wilson's van was disabled, and it showed no signs of foul play. Wilson was found in a heavily wooded section of Maryland's 43,000-acre Green Ridge State Park, Windemuth said.


Lake Geneva police issued a news release Friday asking for help finding Wilson, who at that time had not been seen since Nov. 10. Wilson was supposed to drive to Delaware on Nov. 11 to visit relatives.


Windemuth said Wilson was seen Nov. 12 by a security camera filling his van with gas in Hancock. Hancock is roughly 13 miles east of the state park.


Lake Geneva police indicated Wilson could be disoriented, and he might have forgotten his prescription medication.


Windemuth said it's too early to tell how Wilson ended up in a remote part of the state forest.


The search teams consisted of four different volunteer groups along with members of the state forest service, Maryland Park Service and Maryland Natural Resources Police, Windemuth said.



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