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Search for Hobart Man Leaves Family In Mourning

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A Hobart family is in mourning after a day-long search for their loved one took a turn for the worse.  Edward Morillon’s disappearance turned into a tragic loss following an extensive police investigation, which combed the area near his home.  Family members reported the 68-year-old missing Monday afternoon.  A little more than 24 hours later they found him dead.  Hobart Police Department Investigation Division Cmdr. Jeremy Ogden said a team scanned the wooded area across the street and adjacent to his home in the 3800 block of 69th Avenue, using canines to track his scent, a Lake County helicopter and traditional ground search efforts.

“We used five police dogs, four from our agency and one from another agency to search for the missing subject. Today, we have a couple of our dogs back out again.  With the high heat temperatures it’s difficult for the dogs to search for long periods of time. They have to give them breaks with water,” Cmdr. Ogden said.

Morillon’s wife reported she was cooking breakfast around 11:30 a.m. Monday  when her husband went to the bathroom.  She discovered he left the home through that window and possibly walked to a nearby wooded area.

“The family reports approximately ten days ago he wandered away from the house and they located him about 15 feet in the woods,” Ogden said.

Morillon was a 1962 graduate of Froebel High School in Gary.  Paul Laughead, who discovered his grandfather in the wooded area in front of his home, said Morillon was a homebody whose mental and physical health began to trouble him.

”He feels that all of his illnesses are piling up and he just can’t support my grandmother and do stuff around the house.  He just feels that he’s a burden on people now,” Laughead said.

Morillon’s cousin Carlos Cruz said the family celebrated Morillon’s marriage in June and the occasion was a joyful one.

“The birthday of my cousin, Margaritas, it was her 50th wedding anniversary and birthday.  We had a family party and he was happy,” said Cruz.

Morillon had two adult children.  He would have turned 69 in October.

 

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