Wallingford police locate body of missing man at preserve

Luc Pentz-Tholennar (Photo provided by Wallingford police)

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) —  Wallingford police tell News 8 they have located the body of a missing man at a Wallingford nature preserve Tuesday afternoon.

Wallingford police confirmed that they had located the body of 30-year-old Luc John Pentz-Tholenaar, of Wallingford, inside the Tyler Mill Preserve just after 12:30 p.m.. Officers and canine teams had been searching for Pentz-Tholenaar after he had been reported missing Monday night.

His ex-girlfriend, Victoria Pelka, told News 8 that he was dealing with the normal stresses of life, and that it would not be unusual for him to take a few days alone; but this time he didn’t tell anyone, which is what worried friends and family.

Pelka said that Pentz-Tholenaar graduated from Choate, went to Quinnipiac University, and was working in the insurance industry. Police said his family was distraught, and called them Monday night when they hadn’t heard from him since Sunday.

Wallingford officers found his car at the preserve Tuesday morning, and that’s what made them start searching. State police arrived at the preserve to help out local officers with canines, and a helicopter.

Pelka told News 8 that it was just unlike him not to tell anyone he was going for a hike.

He loves the outdoors. He’s a big trail runner, hiker, biker. So whenever it’s warm out he’s always doing something outside. So I bet he just wanted to get away for a little while, maybe just hangout in the woods for a little while clearing his head.”

After several hours of searching, officers located Pentz-Tholenaar’s body around 2:00 p.m. An official cause of death has not yet been released.

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