Tioga Sheriff suspends search for Ithaca coin shop owner after finding a male body

The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office says a search has been called off for 58-year-old Harold L. Benjamin, Jr., after “a deceased adult male” was found. Positive identification has not yet been made.

Harold L. Benjamin, Jr., missing since Monday morning. Photo provided by Tioga County Sheriff's Office.

Harold L. Benjamin, Jr., missing since Monday morning. Photo provided by Tioga County Sheriff’s Office.

In a release on Wednesday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office says their search, in conjunction with the Berkshire Fire Department and the Tioga County Search & Rescue Team, was suspended this morning after a body was found in a field off Turkey Hill Road in the Town of Berkshire. Investigators believe the body “may be that of the missing Berkshire man,” but positive ID and cause of death are not known at this time, pending an autopsy and further investigation by Sheriff’s Personnel.

According to a release yesterday from the sheriff’s department, Mr. Benjamin, the owner of Downtown Ithaca’s Harold’s Coins, was last seen at his home by family early Monday.

A family member says he was last seen at about 2am Monday, and “didn’t take his keys, wallet, or a car.” The missing man has had heart attacks in the past, and has a pacemaker, according to the family.

Last week, the Ithaca Police Department was investigating a reported armed robbery at Harold’s Coins, on the ground floor of the Dewitt Mall in Downtown Ithaca.

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