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Body is that of missing Twisp man

— The body of a man found April 12 south of town has been identified as Nicholas A. Tortora, who had been missing since June 2012.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said his office was notified Tuesday morning of the positive identification. Tortora’s family was notified April 12 of that the body was believed to be Tortora’s.

Tortora, 21, of Twisp, was reported missing June 3, 2012, by his family. He apparently was despondent when he left home and his family wasn’t sure where he had gone or what he was going to do, Rogers said.

Family said they believed he might have gone back to New Mexico, where he had been living.

A search was launched but eventually suspended.

About noon April 12, Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow received a call from his family that their dog had just brought home a human skull. Budrow lives about four miles south of Twisp on state Highway 153.

Budrow and two Sheriff’s Office deputies searched the area and discovered the rest of the remains about 100 yards from the Methow River and about a half-mile of Tortora’s home.

Rogers said there is no indication of foul play.

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