Augustyniak
Augustyniak

A body found Saturday in a wooded area in northern Maryland has been identified as that of a Glen Rock man missing for nearly a year.

Thomas Augustyniak, 53, went missing about 6 a.m. April 24 after leaving a note for his wife — complete with smiley face — that he was taking a walk and would be right back, according to Southern Regional Police.

Reservoir: The body was found in a wooded area of Prettyboy Reservoir in northern Baltimore County, according to Cpl. John Wachter, spokesman for Baltimore County Police. The reservoir is just a few miles south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

On Tuesday, Wachter said officials have positively determined the body is that of Augustyniak.

However, he said autopsy results are not yet complete.

No foul play is suspected, Wachter said, and the death is not from natural causes.

Augustyniak's body was found by a man hiking through the woods, Wachter said.

Disappeared: When Augustyniak left his home, he took his cigarettes and lighter, but failed to take his wallet, cellphone or keys with him, police have said.

Police from two states, including seven or eight tracking dogs, conducted an intensive hours-long search in a wooded area in Augustyniak's neighborhood, not far from the Glen Rock Cemetery. They found nothing.

Officers later found surveillance video that showed the man walking south on Main Street toward the York County Heritage Rail Trail.

Bloodhounds picked up Augustyniak's scent on the Rail Trail, but later lost it, police have said.

York County park rangers and Southern Regional officers searched the Rail Trail from Freeland, Md., to Seven Valleys, police have said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.