TIMBER COVE, Sonoma County (CBS SF) – A Timber Cove man who was reported missing Tuesday was found dead in a creek bed near his residence Thursday morning, a Sonoma County sheriff’s lieutenant said.

Sheriff’s deputies were asked to check on the welfare of 60-year-old Aron Laventer around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Lt. Steve Brown said.

Laventer had not been heard from since Nov. 21, Brown said.

Deputies found Laventer’s vehicle and several personal items at his residence, leading them to believe Laventer arrived home but left without personal belongings, Brown said.

The Sonoma County Search and Rescue Team searched for Laventer Wednesday until it got dark, he said.

The California Rescue Dog Association joined the search Thursday and at about 9:45 a.m., authorities found Laventer’s body in a creek bed near his home, Brown said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday afternoon, a Sonoma County coroner’s office spokesman said.

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