UPDATE: Body of Fayette County teacher found

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FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 10/27/18 @ 11:40 a.m.
The body of a missing teacher from Fayette County has been found.

The body of Mark Lilly, of Fayetteville, was discovered just after 9 a.m. Saturday on Grandview Road near Table Rock Road in Raleigh County, according to deputies.

Lilly was reporting missing in Fayette County when he didn't show up for work on Monday.

Raleigh County deputies say Lilly was an avid cyclist and came to the county to ride his bike. His vehicle was discovered at the Raleigh County Memorial Airport on Friday. Surveillance video from the airport shows Lilly taking a bicycle out of his vehicle.

"The cause of death is still under investigation however there does not appear to be any foul play and may have been medical related," the Raleigh County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

UPDATE 10/26/18 @ 11:30 p.m.
The vehicle that belongs to a missing teacher from Fayette County has been located.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, it was found at the Raleigh County Memorial Airport.

Airport footage shows Mark Lilly taking a bicycle out of his vehicle. Deputies say Lilly is known as an avid road cyclist.

Miriam Ledezma is Mark Lilly's niece. Ledezma tells WSAZ the family's hope has been dwindling throughout the week, but they are feeling more and more hopeful after the discovery of his truck.

"After teaching, biking is his next passion and so that's always been a huge concern for us because, once you're out on your bike, it's so vast and so full of foliage, there's no way once you're out on your bike for us to pinpoint you. So our goal has been to find the truck because then that would help us," Ledezma said.

Officers are narrowing their search to common bike routes, but they're also reviewing security footage from the airport and surrounding areas to get a better idea of where to focus the search efforts.

The Raleigh County Sheriff's Department is searching the area using both vehicles and ATVs. Ledezma said the search continued until late Friday night, but was suspended until early Saturday morning.

"As every night passes, it's that worry of another night, what if he's out there?" Ledezma said.

The Oak Hill High School teacher was reported missing when he didn't show up for work Monday. He was last seen on surveillance cameras at the high school early Saturday morning.

Lilly is 50 years old, 5'8" and about 150 pounds. He has a mustache and a shaved head. He drives a maroon 2017 Toyota Tacoma with a camper top. The license plate is DWK614.

If you have any information about the case, you're asked to call the Fayette County 911 Center at 304-574-3590. You can also reach the sheriff's department via its Facebook page.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/23/18
A teacher is missing from the Fayetteville area.

Mark Lilly, a teacher at Oak Hill High School, is missing according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

The school administration notified the sheriff's department when Lilly did not show up for work Monday. Deputies checked the teacher's home and did not find Lilly or his vehicle.

He was last seen on surveillance cameras at the high school early Saturday morning.

Lilly is 50 years old, 5'8" and about 150 pounds. He has a mustache and a shaved head. He drives a maroon 2017 Toyota Tacoma with a camper top. The license plate is DWK614.

If you have any information about the case, call the Fayette County 911 Center at 304-574-3590. You can also reach the sheriff's department via its Facebook page.



 
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