After five-day search, missing Hyde Park man found dead

A missing Hyde Park man was found dead Tuesday morning after a five-day search in the Blue Hills Reservation, Milton police said.

Thomas Baker, 62, was last seen walking along Brush Hill Road in Milton before he vanished Thursday.

Baker was found 400 feet into the woods off Hemingway Drive about 7:25 a.m. Tuesday by a State Police dog, Milton Police Chief Richard Wells said. Foul play is not suspected.


“It appears that he took his own life,” said Wells, adding that Baker’s remains had been taken to the state medical examiner’s office.

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Baker’s cellphone and driver’s license were found near 1200 Brush Hill Road Thursday afternoon, and half of a credit card, never activated, was uncovered near Paul’s Bridge in Milton, said the missing man’s son, Scott Baker.

In a joint effort that began Thursday afternoon, Boston police, State Police troopers, an air wing unit, K-9 units, officers from the Milton Police Department, and rangers from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation searched for Baker in the 7,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation.

More than 50 friends and family members had assisted in the search. Groups had canvassed the area, leaving whistles, glowsticks, and handwritten notes for Baker in hopes that he would see them and come home.

He last spoke to Katherine Baker, his wife, at 6 a.m. the day he disappeared, according to daughter Emily Baker. His family said that after his wife left for work, Baker wrote, “Went to ballpark and Stop & Shop,” before leaving home. And they said they believed he drove his green Jeep to Meadow Road and exited the vehicle after leaving his keys behind with a second note: “Went for a walk to Paul’s Bridge.”


About 10:30 a.m. Thursday, a family friend saw Baker crossing the bridge before he disappeared.

He was found near the last clue, a note found Friday afternoon that law enforcement officials believe was from him, Wells said.

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