Missing Valparaiso man found dead

By The Associated Press

VALPARAISO — A retired Valparaiso University athletic trainer who disappeared during a walk was found dead Wednesday morning, his family and police said.

Rod Moore, 75, who suffered from dementia, wandered away from his home on June 30, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

His body was found in a marsh along U.S. 30, his family said.

“Our hearts are broken right now,” Moore’s daughter-in-law, Kelsey Moore, said on behalf of the family. “This certainly isn’t the outcome that we had hoped for. Even so, we are grateful to know he has been found and that we can properly lay him to rest. Rod lived a wonderful, full life and was loved by so many.”

Moore was Valparaiso’s head athletic trainer from 1967 to 2016 and a professor in the physical education department, the school said. He’s a member of the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Department said the cause of death is under investigation, but no foul play is suspected.

Moore’s disappearance triggered a Silver Alert and the creation of the Bring Rod Home Safely Facebook page that featured updates on the search and a photo of him shortly after his disappearance that was caught on a surveillance camera.

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