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Missing LA man found dead

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Police: Patrick Turner had been missing since Friday

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Police located the body of missing Los Alamos resident Pat Turner at 10 a.m. today along Mitchell Trail.

Turner, 55, had been the subject of an intensive search by local police and New Mexico and Los Alamos Search and Rescue personnel for several days.

Turner went missing about noon Friday, according to friends and family, who on Monday asked for police assistance in finding Turner.

On Wednesday, New Mexico State Police joined the search by helicopter, but were unable to locate the father of three who is a longtime Los Alamos resident and an employee at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“On behalf of the laboratory director and the laboratory as a whole, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of Pat Turner,” LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said this morning.

Police Capt. Randy Foster was a member of the search party.

“We’ve notified the family,” Foster said this morning, adding that the cause of Turner’s death is under investigation.

Officials concentrated their search along Mitchell Trail, Foster said, because that was an area Turner frequented, coupled with the fact that his vehicles as well as his wallet remained at his Alabama Street home.

“He was my best friend and one of the nicest and most genuine guys I have ever met,” said Bob Darlington, who worked with Turner at LANL.

Turner is survived by his wife, Sandy Turner, one son and two daughters.