Missing Hobart man found dead in wooded area

2013-08-27T17:00:00Z 2013-12-28T08:24:05Z Missing Hobart man found dead in wooded areaTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 27, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

HOBART | A Hobart man who had been missing since Monday was found dead Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Edward Morillon, 68, was found in a wooded area off of 69th Avenue not far from his home on the 3800 block of E. 69th Avenue, Hobart police said.

 The Lake County coroner's office determined the death was a suicide. 

Police said a family member who was searching with police for Morillon identified him.

Paul Laughead, of Osceola, Ind., said the family was reeling from the news and were trying to put together what happened. His grandfather had last been seen around noon Monday at his Hobart home. Morillon had crawled out of a bathroom window.

"We believe he's having some issues," Laughead said earlier Tuesday. "This is very unusual for him."

Police said Morillon has "numerous medical issues and a diminished mental capacity."

Laughead did not elaborate on Morillon's medical or mental state.

"It's been a downward slope with his medical issues," he said.

Law enforcement officials and family members spent Tuesday morning searching for Morillon near the intersection of 69th Avenue and Colorado Street.  

Laughead said Morillon, a Gary native, retired after working for U.S. Steel for 39 years as a machinist. He said his grandfather and grandmother helped raise him. He remembers his grandfather played sports with him and took him to Chicago.

He said his grandfather is "real family oriented," and enjoyed playing basketball and swimming.

"He treated everyone like you were part of his family," Laughead said. "He looked out for everyone but himself."

Times Staff Writers Lauri Harvey Keagle and Elvia Malagon contributed to this report.

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