Body of N.Y. Father Known For Charity Work Found In State Park
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Body of N.Y. Father Known For Charity Work Found In State Park

The body of a missing father of seven was found inside his car in a ravine in an upstate New York park.

Peretz Sontag, 50, of Pomona in suburban Rockland County, was found dead Sunday by a hiker in Harriman State Park. The cause of death is not known.

Sontag had been missing since March 14 after making references to harming himself before he left home that day, according to reports. Hundreds of volunteers had searched the area, including the park, during the 10 days that he was missing.

Sontag’s last-known location, when his cellphone was pinged by police, was the park, which like his home is slightly more than an hour from New York City. The car was difficult to locate because it was deep in the ravine, according to News 12 Westchester.

A friend of Sontag’s told the Journal News that Sontag was upset about a failing business, and that he and his family had returned to the United States from Israel due to financial difficulties.

Sontag lived in Pomona, located nearly 40 miles north of New York City. He made references to harming himself before he left home on Friday, according to reports.

Sontag, 50, was well known in the Orthodox community for his work for charitable causes, The Journal News reported. Special prayers were held Monday night at a synagogue in nearby Monsey for his safe return.

The family offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to his safe return.

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