The body of a Marine from Egg Harbor Township who went missing earlier this month has been located in Hawaii.
Tyler Wechsler, 21, had been missing since April 7. Authorities said they do not suspect foul play after Wechsler’s body was found Tuesday near the Kaau Crater Trail with his Jeep Liberty nearby, according to a report from KHON2.com.
Wechsler graduated in 2013 from Egg Harbor Township High School, where he played lacrosse and was part of a 2012 Cape Atlantic League championship team.
His mother spoke to him just hours before he went missing and the family is devastated by the news of his death, family friends said.
Wechsler was born “a fighter,” having been born prematurely by 10 weeks, said Wendy Din, whose family is friends with the Wechslers though youth sports. Din said he was a “very proud Marine.”
Family and friends had set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to help bring him home.
“Unfortunately, Tyler was found earlier today and is in a better place now,” the GoFundMe page said in a posted update. “Our hearts are heavy with this news, and we’ll continue to support the Wechsler family during this impossible time.”
He is survived by his mother, Sandy, his father, Paul, his brother, Zach, and his uncle, Sean, and many other family members and friends.
Wechsler was last seen near the International Marketplace on April 9, and some of his family members traveled to Hawaii to help search for him, according to the GoFundMe page.