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Remains of missing elderly Belmont man found

Remains of missing elderly Belmont man found

The remains of an elderly Belmont man have been found four years after he was reported missing.

In August 2019, 84-year-old Paul Farmer disappeared after going out for an evening walk. After police learned the Belmont resident suffered from memory loss, an expansive search was set in motion, authorities said.

“Over the course of the next three years, multiple searches were conducted, and dozens of tips were investigated,” police said in a statement on Friday.

By March of this year, Farmer had still not been found. But after his identification card was uncovered in a waterway in lower San Mateo, police began searching the heavily forested area just south of Highway 92 near Hillsdale Boulevard.

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Human remains were discovered in June, and on Friday, police said the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office confirmed they belonged to Farmer.

“Although we are deeply saddened by this tragic case, we are very thankful for the agencies that assisted us with locating Mr. Farmer and helping us bring closure to this investigation,” police said in a statement.