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    Gil Cunha (50) found dead two months after going missing on his birthday

    https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/fam...-home-n1232470

    Nearly eight weeks have passed since a beloved Connecticut school teacher disappeared in the early morning hours of his 50th birthday on May 7, 2020, and family members are worried sick.

    Gil Cunha, 50, was last seen just after midnight on May 7, at his parents? home in the area of West Shore, Connecticut, according to a press release issued by the West Haven Police Department.

    Gil?s cousin, Lori Kenney, told Dateline that Gil?s father saw him watching TV between the hours of 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. Later that morning, Gil?s mother woke up to find that Gil was gone.

    ?It wasn?t unusual for Gil to go out for a walk,? Lori said. ?But when he didn?t return later that day, she knew something was wrong. He wouldn?t just take off without contacting his family.?

    Both Lori, and Bob Tavares, who is another of Gil?s cousins, told Dateline that the family was also concerned because Gil had been experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and had self-quarantined for three weeks prior to his disappearance.

    ?He was never tested for the virus. But he wasn?t feeling well and decided to self-isolate in his room because he was afraid he had the virus,? Lori said. ?He wanted to make sure his family was safe.?

    Lori added that the family has considered that Gil's disappearance may be directly related to the Coronavirus, as symptoms can include altered mental status and confusion.

    ?But why haven?t we found him? Where did he go? Where is he?? Lori asked. She said these are questions she finds herself asking daily. ?If something happened to him because of the virus, or if he harmed himself, or even if someone did something to him, we would still find him. But he?s just gone without a trace.?

    Lori told Dateline that Gil had left behind two cell phones, credit and debit cards, cash and his passport. The only item that appeared to be missing is his driver?s license.

    ?It was all there,? Lori said. ?As if he intended to come back.?

    Gil?s cousins told Dateline they have no reason to believe that Gil would harm himself or that anyone would harm him. They added that he had spoken to his brother shortly before his disappearance and expressed how excited he was to visit him in New York when the pandemic ends.

    Gil, who had been living in Europe for the last decade and working as a teacher in Portugal and Turkey, had temporarily moved back to his parents? house in West Haven in November. He began working as a teacher for the West Haven Public School system until the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down.

    ?One of Gil's greatest concerns was for those of his students who rely on getting breakfast and lunch meals from school,? Lori said. ?He told me, ?Sadly, these students still need to eat? and he was worried about how the students would have access to these meals during the state's mandated closing. Gil's concern for this, speaks to his integrity and how he genuinely cares for his students.?

    Growing up, Gil and his two brothers spent a lot of time with their cousins, who describe him as a ?kind and gentle, highly responsible person with a warm heart.?
    Gil is described as being 5?10? tall and approximately 175 pounds. He has a shaved head and full beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a gray and blue windbreaker and a red bandana to cover his nose and mouth.

    Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Gil Cunha is asked to contact the West Haven Police at 203-937-3900.

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    https://www.nhregister.com/news/arti...k-15388843.php

    The body of Gilo “Gil” Cunha, who disappeared May 7 — his birthday — has been found by the Suffolk County, N.Y., Police Department, police here confirmed Monday.

    The West Haven Police Department is working with Suffolk County police to determine cause and manner of Cunha’s death, according to a release.

    “With respect to Mr. Cunha’s family and friends, no further information will be released at this time,” the West Haven release said.

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    https://nypost.com/2020/07/07/missin...us-found-dead/

    The body of Gilo “Gil” Cunha – who last worked as an elementary school substitute teacher — was discovered by Suffolk County cops in the waters off Fire Island, West Haven police announced Monday.

    Investigators from the two departments are now working with a medical examiner to determine Cunha’s cause and manner of death, West Haven police said.

    “With respect to Mr. Cunha’s family and friends, no further information will be released at this time,” West Haven police said in a statement.

    A boater discovered Cunha’s partial remains on Thursday, Suffolk County cops said.

    “Detectives determined the remains were from a body that had been discovered after being struck by the propeller of a tug boat on May 27 at 6:50 a.m.,” Suffolk County police said in a statement. “The cause of death is under investigation.”
    The Syracuse University grad – who did not take his wallet with him at the time – had self-isolated for three weeks prior to his disappearance, believing he had contracted COVID-19, relatives said.

    While in quarantine, Cunha was eating very little, had trouble sleeping and appeared to lose interest in things he previously enjoyed, relatives told the newspaper.

    Cunha had previously lived in Austria with his wife of five years before returning to Connecticut following a divorce. He last worked at a school in West Haven, friends and family members said.

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