Peretz Sontag, of Pomona, found dead by hiker in Harriman State Park

Sontag went missing on March 14 after reportedly making suicidal remarks. (3/24/14)

SPRING VALLEY - After hundreds of volunteers scoured areas of Rockland and even Westchester counties, it was a hiker who found the body of Peretz Sontag, of Pomona, in his car at the bottom of an embankment in a state park.

Sontag's car was found down a 60-foot embankment just off of Lake Welsh Drive in the Haverstraw section of Harriman State Park. He went missing on March 14 after reportedly making suicidal remarks.

The Rockland County Medical Examiner's Office tells News 12 that it did not perform an autopsy on Sontag due to religious custom.

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New York State Park Police say that the investigation is ongoing, but that no foul play is suspected. It is believed that Sontag, 50, took his own life by driving his car into the ravine.

Funeral services for Sontag were held Monday at the Hellman Chapel in Spring Valley. Sontag's body will be flown back to Israel to be buried, as per his request.

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