Lower Merion Township, PA — The body of a missing Villanova man was found floating in the Schuylkill River last evening by a local fisherman. The body was found around 6:30 PM near Hollow and River Roads in Gladwyne.
Geoff Partridge, a local Villanova man went missing on December 5, 2018, exactly four months from when his body was identified by the Montgomery County Coroner.
“The coroner completed the autopsy and confirms the body recovered from the river last night is that of Geoff Partridge,” stated Tom Walsh Public Information Officer for the Township. “Based on the totality of the circumstances, the coroner has ruled the cause of death as a suicide. The family of the victim was notified,” Walsh went on to say.
On December 5, 2018, the Lower Merion Police received a call at 1:47 PM reporting that a car was half submerged in the Schuylkill River at Flat Rock Park in Gladwyne.
The police alerted the Gladwyne Fire Company water rescue team and both responded, heading out to the scene.
There they found the Jeep was impaled in the river’s muddy bottom. There was no driver or passengers in sight, the 2009 Jeep Cherokee sat at an eerie thirty to 45-degree angle.
The driver's door was opened as if someone had gotten out. The car was in drive, the keys in the ignition which was in the on position and the battery were still working when the first responders arrived.
When rescuers got to the car they put it in park and turned off the ignition. No one was in sight at the river's edge.
Search and rescue teams were brought in multiple times, from as far as ways Phoenixville in Chester County to search for partridge. Divers from the Telford, PA diving unit were also deployed. Cadaver dogs were also used to find the missing man but to no avail.
Det-Sgt. Vice said “I am confident that we have left no stone unturned in the investigation. We have searched the water above the vehicle’s entry point downriver to the Flat Rock Dam." That statement was made 11 days into the search.
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