Search for missing Wallingford man comes to tragic end - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Search for missing Wallingford man comes to tragic end

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Santiago Chuchoque. (Wallingford police photo) Santiago Chuchoque. (Wallingford police photo)
WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Police in Wallingford had hoped the public could help locate a missing and reportedly suicidal 20-year-old man.

However, they said he was found dead. They did not release any details about how and when it happened.

They said Santiago Chuchoque went missing on Thursday.

Police responded to a soccer field at the Tyler Mill Preserve on Woodhouse Avenue just before 10:30 p.m. They said they found Chuchoque's gray BMW 328xi sedan unoccupied and locked.

One of Chuchoque's friends told police that he last saw him at the preserve around 2:30 p.m. When Chuchoque did not meet the friend later or respond to phone calls, other friends said they started to search.

They couldn't find him so they called police.

Chuchoque was described as standing 5'7" tall, weighing about 130 pounds and having short black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing gray sweatpants, a blue Under Armor hooded shirt, sneakers and possibly a knit or wool winter hat.

Police said he was reportedly depressed and suicidal.

State police K9 units performed two separate searches of the area, but did not find Chuchoque. The Wallingford Fire Department also helped with its forward-looking infrared thermo-imaging devices, but the devices also did not find anything.

Wallingford police said a Silver Alert was activated.

Anyone who sees Chuchoque or may have knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to contact Wallingford police at 203-294-2805.

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