Missing man found dead near site of disappearance


SOUTH MIDDLETON TOWNSHIP, CUMBERLAND COUNTY (WOLF) — Authorities in Cumberland County say they have found the remains of a man missing for nearly three weeks.

Trooper Brent Miller confirms that the body of Israel Sky Whalen, 23, was found around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon in the 200 block of Westminster Drive.

That's the same area where the Red Robin restaurant is where Izzy Whalen was last seen.

Miller says troopers were searching the area at the time. Officials say an investigation has revealed nothing suspicious about his death.

A family member says they notified a brother in Florida and did not want to discuss details, and are asking for prayers.

According to a prior police press release, Whalen went to lunch at Red Robin on Nov. 10 and was seen leaving the parking lot around 1 p.m.

He suffered from mental health issues and was considered a danger to himself, police said.

The 23-year-old was reported missing November 10th. He was last seen leaving the parking lot of a Carlisle restaurant.

Friday marked three weeks since Izzy Whalen was last seen.

Just last night, friends, family and strangers gathered in prayer at a vigil for Izzy.

On Thursday, several dozen, from as far away as Carlisle, gathered in Orwigsburg to pray for his return.

"We just want to tell him we love him. We miss him. We just want him to come home," said Izzy's aunt Celeste Kucinski.

Hand in hand, friends, family, and even complete strangers, gathered to pray for 23-year-old Izzy Whalen's safe return.

He'd been missing for nearly three weeks.

And for his mother, it's been three weeks of desperation.

"This is the worst thing. You don't know what's going on. You just don't have any type of closure," said Izzy's mother Gina. "You want to have hope and some days it's tough to have hope. That's why having this supportive community around you has been a blessing."

On November 10th, Whalen arrived at work around 7:45 a.m. He parked his car in the lot and then boarded a van to Carlisle 70 miles away.

At 9, he arrived at Spirit Halloween and started taking inventory.

At 12:42, he and his team took a break and Whalen walked across the parking lot to Red Robin. He ordered a burger and paid for it.

When the server arrived with his food, he was nowhere to be found.

Then, at 1:15, his co-workers returned to work but Izzy never showed. Shortly after, they contacted the State Police.

When his co-workers arrived back in the lot that night, his PT Cruiser was still there.

Donna Storahan-Sakoskie is Izzy's co-worker.

"We miss him at work. His family misses him. His friends miss him," she said. "They're constantly on Facebook, they're posting memories that they have of him and it's just, everyone in the community misses him."

So far, his family says there haven't been any positive leads.

It's as if he just vanished.

"It's hard to really function, you know. Can't eat. Can't sleep. Can't stop thinking about it," said Izzy's aunt.

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