Body Found During Search for Missing Man

74-year-old George Sliter had been missing since Sunday morning.

By Kellie White
|  Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012  |  Updated 11:47 AM PDT
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Crews are searching for a George Sliter, a 74-year-old nuclear engineer from Redwood City, who disappeared in Aptos during a church retreat. Bob Redell reports.

Crews are searching for a George Sliter, a 74-year-old nuclear engineer from Redwood City, who disappeared in Aptos during a church retreat. Bob Redell reports.

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Sad news to report on the case of a man who went missing during a weekend church retreat.

Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. the body of an adult male matching the description of George Sliter was found in the search area.  It was not immediately clear if there were any signs that would have pointed to the manner of death. 

The 74-year-old Sliter had been missing since Sunday morning.

He was spending the weekend with a church group at the Monte Toyon Retreat Center in the Aptos hills. Sliter's wife said the retired nuclear engineer left his campsite around 9:15 a.m.

"He either went for a walk or went to do a little bit of meditation," said Kathleen Sliter.

About an hour later, two women reported seeing the man about a mile away from the retreat center. He asked them for directions to get back to the campsite.

Kathleen told NBC Bay Area prior to the discovery that her husband did not suffer from dementia, but may have simply lost his way.

"He tends to lose track of time," she said. "He noticed he was late, rushed to get back to where he was supposed to be, and probably got turned around."

Kathleen and her family joined search and rescue crews in Santa Cruz county Tuesday so they would have been nearby when his body was discovered.

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