Hiker finds body identified as missing Middletown man, Peter Recchia


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police say that they have found the body of Peter Recchia Sunday, the Connecticut man who was reported missing back in October 2019.

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According to Middletown police, a hiker came across the badly decomposed remains of a body in the woods on South Cherry Street in Wallingford.

Police say the personal property and items belonging to the body were conclusive enough to determine it was Recchia.

Recchia’s family has been notified. The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to confirm the identity of the body found.

Recchia’s family said at a press conference Tuesday they wish there had been more ‘openness’ about mental illness back when he was growing up.

Losing him has been an absolute nightmare. I came to peace with it awhile back. I just knew in my gut that he was dead.

Frank Recchia/ Peter’s brother

In a statement, the family of Recchia said they support the police and thank law enforcement at every level for working to locate Peter. They also thanked the media – including News 8 – and local politicians for getting the word out about the search for Peter.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for a Celebration of Life ceremony for Recchia.

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