A three-day search for a Madison man who was reported missing on Saturday has come to a tragic ending.
Madison resident Stephen Marano’s car had been found abandoned near the Great Swamp in Chatham Township.
According to NJ.com, authorities said the body of the 24-year old Marano was found near Miele Field in Chatham on Monday.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, according to the Daily Record, “No foul play or third-party involvement is suspected at this time. There is no concern for neighborhood safety.”
Marilyn Zara of Madison said Marano, her nephew, had been found by a Green Village Fire Department member, according to New Jersey Hills. Marano was a volunteer for the Department. Zara said Marano had last been seen at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, leaving the Fire Department’s headquarters. His vehicle was eventually found on Britten Road.
That led to a massive search of the Great Swamp area. But Zara pointed out that as a firefighter who had been involved in search-and-rescue operations in the Great Swamp, the family didn’t think that. Marano would have gone into the swamp on foot in cold weather at 2:00 a. m. “He knew the danger,” Zara said, according to New Jersey Hills.