CONNEAUT — A badly decomposed body recovered last June in Pennsylvania is that of a Conneaut man missing for eight years.
Kristy (Rhodes) Santiago of Conneaut said the family received confirmation Thursday that it was her father, Tim Rhodes. His body was found on the Pennsylvania side of the Ohio/Pennsylvania state line, near Rudd Road by the railroad tracks, she said.
“We are glad we have him, we know where he is and we can lay him to rest,” she said Friday. “But we still don’t know what happened.”
The coroner ruled the cause of death is “undetermined,” Santiago said.
The 53-year-old Rhodes was last seen Oct. 5, 2011. Police investigators believe he didn’t leave town on a trip because personal belongings remained in his Beaver Street home. When Rhodes did travel, his longest trip was two days and he kept in contact with family members, police have said.
Police searched his neighborhood without success. Relatives held vigils — a candlelight ceremony in 2012 and a balloon launch in 2013 — to keep Rhodes’ face and name before the public.
Family members feared Rhodes ran into some bad people, said his daughter, Shannon Ruffo of North Kingsville.
Trooper Mitchell Colquhoun of the Pennsylvania State Police said police waited for the coroner’s forensic scientist to provide a positive identification on the body. That identification came Thursday.
Conneaut Police Chief Michael Colby was out of the office Friday and could not be reached for comment.