Luray, VA - Tragedy struck the Bayshore this week as 18-year-old Ty Sauer, a Union Beach, NJ resident (and Keyport High School graduate) was found dead in Shenandoah National Park.

Facebook and other outlets had hundreds of comments about the lost young man and prayers for his safe return.

Sadly, the search ended without hope. The details are not clear but may have involved an earlier car accident. 

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According to the Park, "Based on a preliminary identification of remains found Monday, April 26, 2021, the search for Ty Sauer conducted by Shenandoah National Park with support from Virginia Department of Emergency Management has been suspended." 

"The body of a male believed to be Ty Sauer was discovered by searchers today (Monday) at 2:55 p.m. The body is being transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for positive ID and determination of cause of death. The remains were found in the park about 2.5 miles from the boundary in Rappahannock County and about 2 miles from where he was last seen Thursday, April 22."

Mr. Sauer was reported missing Thursday evening, April 22. The search efforts were focused on "a high probability area determined by clues and lost person behavior analysis." According to the Park.

The operation was under a unified command with Shenandoah National Park and Virginia Department of Emergency Management who are assisted by over a dozen volunteer search and rescue groups as well as local agencies.

"Sixty-eight searchers and four dog teams are in the field today. A helicopter with Forward Looking InfraRed (FLIR) flew on Saturday with limited results due to the heavy tree canopy." Stated the Park.

Condolences have been pouring into the updated post from the PARK

The massive search operation included the following departments and agencies:

Shenandoah National Park joins Virginia Department of Emergency Management in thanking the many organizations that were involved including DOGS-East, Christian Aid Ministries Search & Rescue, Va. Search & Rescue Dog Association, Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group, Rockingham-Augusta Search & Rescue, Old Rag Mountain Stewards, Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Trot Search & Rescue, Blue & Gray Search & Rescue Dogs, Search & Rescue Tracking Institute, Piedmont Search & Rescue, K-9 Alert, Va. State Police, Louisa County Sheriff’s Department, Shenandoah Nordic/Backcountry Search and Rescue, Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S., Greene County, Rockingham Fire, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Luray Police Department.