BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Months of searching for missing man Raymond Tarasiewicz came to an end Friday.
Tarasiewicz’s body was found around 1:45 p.m. in a swamp area just south of Wyoming along Ivanrest Avenue north of M-6.
Wyoming police said the person who spotted the remains was looking for a dog that had run away.
Police said there were no obvious signs of foul play or self-harm. An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of Tarasiewicz’s death.
Family previously told News 8 that Tarasiewicz, 69, suffered from dementia and had diabetes.
He was reported missing Nov. 21 after his wife returned to their Wyoming home to find him gone. He had left behind his cellphone, ID and money and wasn’t wearing a coat. Police searched for him without success.
His daughter said he was a “big loving teddy bear.”
“I was his only child, and he called me princess. He loved me. He loved my mother. He loved his grandkids,” Amanda McCarty told News 8 earlier this month.
The escaped dog belonged to the Hodges family. After a day of searching with the help of others, the search led to the body.
“We literally got a phone call, like, ‘Hey, we found your dog,’ or text on the phone about the dog. So it must have been max, I don’t know, 10 minutes from each other,” said father Jose Costa.
The family said their dog Stella was on a divine mission.
“That’s why God made us not be able to find Stella because he knew that if we didn’t find her, people would keep looking there and find the guy,” Giselle Hodges said.
Stella was ultimately found blocks away from where the body was located.
“It’s crazy, because we wouldn’t look there if we would have known she was blocks away, but we’re in this area because that’s where we spotted but couldn’t catch her,” Costa said. “So that’s just kind of like what’s mindblowing about this whole situation. It was almost like it was meant to be … it happened for a reason. And you know, I’ve thought it may bring closure to another family.”