Body of missing Sheffield man found in Housatonic River in Conn.

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NORTH CANAAN, Conn. — A Sheffield man who went missing last week has been found dead in the Housatonic River.

The body of German Perez, 60, of Clayton Road, was recovered Wednesday in North Canaan, according to a statement from Connecticut State Police.

Perez was found about a mile down the river from where a car crashed into a guardrail and landed in the Housatonic by the intersection of Routes 44 and 126. Police discovered Perez's submerged car on Sept. 26, but there was no one inside.

Perez had been a maintenance worker in the The Hotchkiss School's Mars Athletic Center since 2010, according to a school representative. The boarding school is located in Lakeville, Conn.

News that Perez, a father, was missing became public when his son, Carlos Perez, also of Sheffield, called the local police and radio station the morning of Sept. 26.

The younger Perez told a radio reporter that his father had been missing since 6:30 p.m. the night before. Around this time, Carlos was speaking on the phone with his father, who said, "I'll be home in 10 minutes," but never arrived.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, police said.

Kristin Palpini can be reached at kpalpini@berkshireeagle.com, @kristinpalpini on Twitter, 413-629-4621.iv>

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