Retired doctor, missing 2 days, found dead in woods at Caesar Creek State Park

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Missing former doctor found dead

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The body of the retired pediatrician missing since Saturday was found Monday at Caesar Creek State Park.

Daniel Conforti, 67, had not been seen since he drove away from his Clearcreek Twp. residence around 7:15 a.m. Saturday, according to police.

Conforti’s body was identified about 2:30 p.m. Monday, according to Doyle Burke, chief investigator of the Warren County Coroner’s Office.

The body was found in nearby woods, about an hour after his truck was found near the Furnas Shores Boat Ramp at the state park. Conforti apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Burke.

Conforti, popular with former patients and parents in the Springboro and Kettering areas, was classified as critically missing Monday, more than two days after he left home.

Conforti had dementia and Parkinson’s disease and had no medication or his wallet with him, police said.

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“We’re a little worried about him. He didn’t take anything with him to survive on,” Clearcreek Twp. Police Chief John Terrill said on Monday morning before the body was recovered.

The chief spoke after police classified Conforti as critically missing, a step to add Conforti to be listed on overhead electronic message boards along interstates throughout Ohio and search engines that could be triggered by cameras reading his license plate.

Dozens of people commented on Conforti’s disappearance after the story was posted on Cox Media Group Facebook pages.

Conforti, known by some patients as “Dr. Dan,” practiced in Springboro and Kettering, according to former patients.

Deb Westendorf of Springboro remembered Conforti caring for her children in the 1980s, even on short notice.

“He was just there if we needed him,” she said in a telephone interview. “Just a terrific guy.”

Conforti’s manner helped Westendorf’s son overcome a fear of doctors.

“His sense of humor, he was able to draw him out, to the point he was didn’t even mind going to the doctor,” she said.

He and his wife, Gin, had previously trained and ran 10ks and the Columbus Marathon together.

“We do it for enjoyment,” Gin Conforti said in a 1998 Dayton Daily News article.

On Sunday, township police appealed for help from the community in finding him.

He was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer with OH plate number CEN1622.

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Police in Clearcreek Twp., the unincorporated area south and east of Springboro in Warren County, worked to identify working license-plate camera reading systems in hopes of getting clues on where Conforti has been in the past two days, Terrill said.

Once before, Conforti drove to the airport in Chicago, watched planes, then drove home safely, according to Terrill.

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