The week-long search for a missing U.S. Marine ended in tragedy this weekend when his body was found during a search in Browns Mills, New Jersey on Saturday, according to his family and a search team leader.
Officials and relatives have not yet said where Sgt. Tristan Clinger was found or how he died.
Clinger, 28, a father to young children, went missing on Dec. 20 around 4 p.m. when he left Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in South Jersey on foot, according to his wife.
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Clinger, originally from Louisville, Ky., served in the Marines for five years. His wife says he appeared to be distraught shortly before he went missing. Missing in America, a group that dedicates its efforts to finding missing persons, as well as volunteer groups, joined officials in the search.