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Missing man found dead

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

A missing Grant County man was found dead in his residence Sunday. 

The Grant County Sheriff's Department began looking for George Boller, 79, after he was reported missing by his daughter on Oct. 28, but it wasn't until a cadaver-locating K-9 team searched his property in the 7200 block of E. N 00 S. this weekend that the man's body was found. 

Coroner Chris Butche said he had likely been dead for over a month and a half. 

In a press release Monday, the Sheriff's Department said there was no evidence of foul play. 

Butche said the man's death will most likely be ruled accidental and his preliminary determination is that the man died of dehydration. 

It's difficult for Butche to determine exactly how the man died, the coroner said, because there's "nothing there" to perform an autopsy on. The man's body was severly decomposed and some of his body had been eaten by cats that lived on the property. 

Based on the location he was found in and evidence from dust and cobwebs, however, Butche guessed the man fell behind a stereo system and couldn't get out or call for help, eventually dying of dehydration or asphyxiation. 

Capt. Ed Beaty of the Sheriff's Department couldn't be reached Monday to comment on why it took so long for law enforcement to find the man on his own property, but Butche said a contributing factor may have been a hoarding issue which made the residence almost impossible to navigate.