Police: Remains of reporter's missing brother found in Wallingford woods

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The body of Peter Recchia, the missing brother of News 12 reporter Frank Recchia, was found Sunday in Wallingford – ending a search that began in early October.

Police say a hunter discovered Peter Recchia's remains Sunday evening in the woods in Wallingford near the Wilbur Cross Parkway. His backpack and wallet were nearby.

Frank Recchia says his brother's body was exposed to the elements for so long that it was in an advanced state of decomposition. For that reason, the cause of death isn't known. Police have ruled out foul play.

The Middletown man was last seen walking in New Haven on Oct. 3. He had a history of medical and mental health issues, including confusion and delusions. The family said he was never violent.

Frank Recchia, along with Peter Recchia's daughter, Bunny Rodriguez, spoke publicly Tuesday afternoon.

“Peter was always kind, but Peter was always different and I so wish we had known when we were growing up back in the ‘70s, I wish there were a culture of openness about mental illness because Peter was wonderful,” said Frank Recchia.

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Bunny Rodriguez said she is finding some comfort that her father died being surrounded by nature, which was something he loved.

Peter Recchia was 59 years old.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peter’s family as they process the loss of their family member,” Middletown Police Lt. Heather Desmond wrote in a statement. “We want to thank everyone who assisted the Middletown Police Department in searching for Peter Recchia, officers and civilians put in many hours trying to locate Peter, thank you for your efforts.”

Family members also thanked everyone who helped in the past several months, including law enforcement around the state, volunteers and an advertisement agency that donated a digital billboard.

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