Vt. man, 24, is 47th victim of Hurricane Irene

AP News
Posted: Sep 23, 2011 4:36 PM
Vt. man, 24, is 47th victim of Hurricane Irene

A 24-year-old Vermont man is Hurricane Irene's 47th victim.

The chief medical examiner's office confirmed Friday that the body found in a wooded area in Rutland a day earlier belongs to 24-year-old Michael G. Garofano.

He disappeared Aug. 28 with his father, 55-year-old Michael J. Garofano, after the two went to check on the Rutland water plant during the storm.

The father was the Rutland water plant operator. He and his son were concerned about the storm's impact on a brook that feeds into the reservoir. 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.

The U.S. death toll from Irene stands at 47 people in 13 states.