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Man thought missing in Oneonta found dead in Virginia

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

Authorities in Otsego County have ended their search for a Virginia man thought to be missing in Oneonta.

Robert Merkel Sr, 80 was traveling from Virginia to the west end area of Oneonta on July 2 and hadn't been heard from since his departure. He was first reported missing to the Chesapeake Virginia Police Department.

However, Friday evening, July 5, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office said that Merkel was located deceased that day in East Shore, Virginia.

They ask that anyone with information on Merkel, Sr when he was in Otsego County is asked to call the City of Chesapeake Virginia PD at 757-382-6161.

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