Body may be man, 24, missing since Irene hit Vt.

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Posted: Sep 22, 2011 6:38 PM
Body may be man, 24, missing since Irene hit Vt.

Searchers looking for a Vermont man missing since Hurricane Irene have found a body in the woods of hard-hit Rutland.

State police said Thursday they didn't know yet if the body was that of 24-year-old Michael G. Garofano. He disappeared Aug. 28 with his father, 55-year-old Rutland water plant operator Michael J. Garofano.

If the body is the younger Garofano's, the U.S. death toll from Irene would rise to 47 people in 13 states.

The father and son were concerned about the storm's impact on a brook that feeds into the reservoir and went to check on the plant. Relatives believe a riverbank collapsed underneath them.

The elder Garofano's body was found the next day.

A funeral Mass was held for the pair 12 days after they went missing.