Body found near Newark bike path identified as missing Heath man

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A body found near the entrance to the Cherry Valley bike path in Newark has been identified as a missing Heath man, police said Tuesday.

The body, which was discovered Sunday, was positively identified as 23-year-old Jacob Geller, according to Heath police.

Geller was reported missing on May 29 and his car was found that same day near the bike path.

A preliminary autopsy determined Geller died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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