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Deputies: Body of missing Wayne County teacher found

Posted at: 02/23/2013 2:15 PM
Updated at: 02/23/2013 11:15 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

After an exhausting search for a missing Wayne County music teacher a community woke up to devastating news. The body of 48 year-old Frederick Dunn was found along the shore of Lake Ontario Saturday morning.

The North Rose-Wolcott music teacher went missing on Wednesday.

Sheriff's Deputies say Dunn left a play rehearsal early, telling his students he went to run errands. That was the last time anyone saw him.

Dunn's family has set up a Facebook page and on it it describes Frederick Dunn as an avid community member, a passionate music teacher, an inspiring father and devoted husband.

His students, both recent and former, say he was influential to say the least and the news of his death is something this community was not expecting.

I hang out at the lake a lot. This is my solace. I just wanted closure I guess. This is where he was so,” said Rachel Tari.

For former North Rose-Wolcott students Rachel Tari and Jeff Hall this was no ordinary trip to the lake.

“For closure. Just trying to really figure it out. Can't really figure it out,” said Hall.

The students have been holding their breath since their former music teacher went missing last Wednesday.

Police found his car at a dead end on Dutch Street, ironically a place where students come to clear their minds.

His disappearance launched a full out search in the area, on land, air and water.

That search came to a devastating end Saturday morning. Sheriff's Deputies removed Dunn's body from Lake Ontario around 10:15 a.m.

“I started crying. I don't know why this would happen to some one like him. He just, I don't know what to think. It's just shock,” said Tari.

“Surreal. It still sort of hasn't hit me yet. I feel like I might see him still,” said Hall.

The cause of death is still unknown, but the news is certainly something this community was not expecting.

Now all they can do is wait for answers and remember a teacher, a friend.

“He always used to help everybody. He was the guy to go to for a lot of kids,” said Hall.

“Mr. Dunn was always there. Whenever someone needed someone to talk to he was always there. If you needed some money or something he was always there. I can't believe this happened,” said Tari.

There are still many questions surrounding the death of Dunn. The Sheriff's Office does not believe he was a victim of foul play.

His former students say the play he was working on the day of his disappearance will go on as scheduled, in his honor, next Saturday.