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Police find body believed to be missing Gates man

December 03, 2018 07:35 AM

A body found in Gates is believed to be that of a man missing for nearly a month. 

Investigators say they found a body matching the description of 57-year-old Donald Phillips in a creek near Buffalo and Wegman roads on Sunday. 

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Phillips was last seen on Nov. 3 and had not used any of his electronic devices.

Crews began searching for Phillips on Nov. 26 and expanded search efforts on Sunday.

“Our theory was perhaps he was coming home from a restaurant or a bar in that area and perhaps had fallen or gotten himself into one of those bodies of water and it panned out exactly how we thought,” Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode said.

Phillips' family arrived in town last Thursday and were at the search when police found the body.

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