CORONER: Man Found Dead in Woods Near Antigo Died of Natural Causes

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UPDATE: Tues 5:17 PM, Oct. 8, 2013

The Langlade County Coroner said they believe a man found dead on private property west of the Antigo city limits died of natural causes.

Larry Shadick tells NewsChannel 7 interviews were conducted with people last known to speak to Leonard Peth, 77. Shadick said they described him as being disoriented.

Shadick said one of the best forensic pathologist in the state performed Peth's autopsy. His findings reveled nothing unordinary. He said the official cause of Peth's death is listed as unknown.

Peth had been missing since February 2013. His body was found by hunter in August. Shadick said they believe Peth died in mid-February.

Investigators said Peth kept to himself and had no family in the area.


UPDATED: Tue 11:50 AM, Sept 0, 2013

The Langlade County Sheriff's Department has released the identity of a body found west of Antigo on August 22.

The Sheriff's Department said the victim is Leonard Allen Peth, 77.

Past was last seen in Antigo in February.

A cause of death is still under investigation, however foul play is not suspected.

UPDATE: Sat 5:20 PM, Aug 24, 2013

The Langlade County Coroner, Larry Shadick, tells us that the remains found Thursday near Antigo may be those of a 77-year-old man missing from Antigo since February.

Law enforcement suggests he lived in the city since 2008.

Shadick says an autopsy performed on Friday doesn't show any suggestion of foul play. Right now, authorities are waiting for a forensic dentist and a review to confirm the remains.

A wallet was found at the scene. Inside were identification and money that belonged to the man.

The 77-year-old man had not been seen since February, and was never reported missing during that time.

The final results from the forensic dentist are expected within the next week. They'll withhold the name until that report comes out.

UPDATE: Fri 11:38 AM, Aug 23, 2013

The man that contacted authorities after he discovered a body near Antigo Thursday, said the body was so badly decomposed he was not immediately certain what it was.

The man was checking his tree stand around 1p.m. on Thursday when he made the discovery. He said he had been at the site in November and did not see anything then.

The man said the skull was found about 10 yards from the body.

Thursday, it was also learned a bicycle was discovered near the body. The man said it struck him as strange as the terrain in the area is not appropriate for cyclist.

The man believed the body was an adult male, based on type of footwear the body was wearing, however that information will not be verified until the body can be positively identified.

The Langlade County Sheriff's Department has released very little information, but did confirm a body had been found. The department said an autopsy would be preformed Friday in Madison.

UPDATE: Fri 6:59 AM, Aug 23, 2013

The Langlade County Sheriff's Department says a body was found in a wooded area not too far from Antigo. They aren't releasing any information about the victim, but do say an autopsy is scheduled for Friday in Madison.

The department says evidence found at the scene doesn't match any descriptions of missing persons in that area.

ORIGINAL STORY: Thurs 5:02 PM, Aug 22, 2013

A body has been found in Langlade County west of the city limits.

The property owner tells NewsChannel 7 the body was found on his property near Western Road and Hazel Road. That area is north of Highway 64.

As our crews arrived at the scene they did see law enforcement vehicles leaving the area.

At this time the victim's gender, age, and race are unknown, but we do know a bicycle was found near the body.

The Langlade County Coroner referred us to the Sheriff's Department; however no information is being released at this time.

NewsChannel 7 has a crew at the scene and will bring you details as they become available.

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