Following an extensive search, Pomona resident Peretz Sontag was found dead in Harriman State Park on Monday.
Sontag’s body was found in his 2012 Kia Optima after it had apparently went into a ravine in an area of the park near Lake Welch Road. An initial search of the park by over 800 volunteers turned up no clues of Sontag’s whereabouts and he was only found when a hiker discovered the car.
It was suggested Sontag was in North Rockland after his cell was last tracked to a location in Stony Point. However, the car went unnoticed for several days due to the relative inaccessibility of the area.
According to uncle Shimon Sontag, police do not suspect a homicide. Prior to his disappearance, Sontag was severely depressed and made statements alluding to suicide. State police are looking into the death, but have not released details on the investigation.
Sontag moved back to Pomona from Israel after financial and business difficulties forced his return to Rockland. His body will be taken back to Israel for burial.