Belmont County, Ohio (WTRF) - A two-and-a-half day intensive search in Belmont County concludes with a tragic discovery.
The body of Troy DeLong, the man missing from Shadyside since Saturday, has been found.
Law enforcement temporarily closed off the area to allow the family privacy.
In the morning, DeLong's sister had just posted on social media that the search had begun for the day.
But shortly afterward, DeLong's stepmother posted that Troy's body had been found, and the family was going to take him home.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family," said Sheriff Dave Lucas of Belmont County. "But we did make positive ID. It was our missing person."
His body was discovered at 10:03 a.m. by a Tyler County search and rescue team with canines.
"It was in a wooded area up from Pinch Run," added the sheriff. "And it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound."
They said DeLong's cell phone and cigarettes were still in his possession.
The sheriff thanks everyone, law enforcement and civilians, who helped in the search both on the ground and in the air.
"We put a lot of time and a lot of manpower and resources in this because simply that's our job," said the sheriff.
It wasn't the answer they hoped for.
But it was an answer.
"The main thing is, it is closure for the family," said Sheriff Lucas.
The 46-year-old DeLong had been missing since Saturday.
His vehicle was found, parked in a wooded area above Shadyside.
The say his body was found on the far side of the hill from there.
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