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Wallingford police find body of missing man at preserve

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Luke John Pentz was reported missing by his family. (Wallingford police photo) Luke John Pentz was reported missing by his family. (Wallingford police photo)
A police investigation is under way at the Tyler Mill Preserve in Wallingford. (WFSB) A police investigation is under way at the Tyler Mill Preserve in Wallingford. (WFSB)
WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Police found the body of a missing man at a Wallingford preserve.

On Tuesday, Wallingford police said they had been searching the Tyler Mill Preserve for 30-year-old John Pentz-Tholenaar. Police finally found his body on Tuesday afternoon near a the Wallingford Community Garden, which was managed by Pence. 

Pentz had not been heard from in more than 24 hours, according to his family. He was last seen on Sunday afternoon.

His last correspondence was a work email sent on Monday around 12:30 p.m., police said. Police said he lived alone and worked remotely.

Pentz's vehicle was found at the preserve on Northford Road on Monday night as a result of a patrol. Authorities searched the Tyler Mill Preserve for hours. State police's helicopter, Trooper 1, was used along with K9 units in the search.

Pentz was described as someone who loved to hike and be outdoors. Those who know him said he's a kind and loving person.

"He's always happy, always smiling, always trying to get everyone riled up to have a good time," said Victoria Pelka, Pentz's friend. "He likes to throw parties at his house, get everyone together, cook for everyone [and is] usually dancing in the morning. [He's] just a fun loving guy."

Police said they don't suspect anything criminal as of Tuesday morning.

At the time of their news conference, police said they were concerned for his safety.

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