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Missing Melrose man found dead in Saugus

A 54-year-old Melrose man reported missing since Tuesday night was found dead in the Breakheart Reservation in Saugus today after his car was found in the area, officials said.

State and local police searched the area until 12:30 p.m., when the body was found, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office said.

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The man’s dog, which he normally walks in the area, was found alive near his body. The dog was returned to his family, prosecutors said.

The man’s car was found around noon, said State Police spokesman David Procopio. The cause and manner of the man’s death is unknown, pending an autopsy by the chief medical examiner, prosecutors said.

The man, whose name was not released, was reported missing by his wife after he did not come home Tuesday night, prosecutors said. Foul play is not suspected at this time, prosecutors said.

State Police searched the reservation with their air wing helicopter, officers on foot, and officers on horse, Procopio said.

The Breakheart Reservation is a 640-acre forest with two lakes, rocky hills, and a trail system, according to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson

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