Body of Missing Somers Man Found

The body of Gary McKeon, who went missing from his Somers home May 9, has been found.

He was found in the woods between Boniello Drive and Route 202.

McKeon, 67, had Parkinson's and Dementia. The search expanded into Rockland County and Connecticut.

New York State Police said state troopers in Somers in conjunction with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Police, NYS Forest Rangers, Town of Somers Police and Somers Fire Department located the body of Gary McKeon at about 1:15 p.m. May 15 .

An extensive search, one of several conducted since Mr. McKeon was reported missing, was underway when McKeon was spotted by an area worker passing through a wooded area off State Route 202 in Somers, who alerted searchers.

The almost week long search involved countless efforts and resources from a multitude of agencies and community volunteers. The search efforts were assisted by State Police Aviation, Canine, SCUBA and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to include the Forensic Identification Unit, along with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Bloodhound Unit, Stamford CT Police Bloodhound Unit and the MTA Police.

Countless local citizens also did their part by volunteering to assist with ground searches and displaying missing person fliers. 

No signs of foul play suspected and the cause of death is pending autopsy. 

Slapshot May 16, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Westchester County Police have a program called, Project Safe Return. It's a GPS activated unit that is secured to the wrist like a watch. When a victim of this horrible disease goes missing they can activate the GPS which yields great results in locating them. It's a free service but for those of us who have loved one who suffers for Alzheimer's , Dementia etc., it's invaluable. God rest his soul and my utmost condolences to his family.
Slapshot May 16, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Sorry it's called Project Lifesaver http://seniorcitizens.westchestergov.com/project-lifesaver-program
Guarags30 May 16, 2014 at 09:24 AM
so sad. my thoughts go out to his family and friends
Evan Bray May 17, 2014 at 12:07 AM
Good info, Buzz.
Kirsten Berger May 17, 2014 at 09:33 AM
This is extremely heart-breaking. My deepest sympathies to the family. My mother has Parkinson's and dementia too and this could've been her if she still had the ability to walk. Buzz351, thanks for posting the information about Project Lifesaver, I had no idea such a program existed.


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