Search for missing West Chester professor ends after his body is found in Ohio

Kim Glovas
December 11, 2018 - 12:59 pm
A West Chester University professor who returned to Ohio for the holiday is now missing.

Courtesy of West Chester University


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police in Ohio have found the body of Dr. Tom Short, the West Chester University math professor who has been missing since Thanksgiving.

The Orange Village Police Department received information from the Cleveland Metroparks rangers on Dec. 2 — a week-and-a-half after Short was last seen — that a body was located on the wildlife preserve. 

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Short disappeared on Nov. 21. His car was discovered parked in a hotel parking lot in Orange Village, Ohio, about 20 miles east of Cleveland, with his belongings and cellphone inside. 

However, he never checked into the hotel, and surveillance footage shows he actually arrived in Beachwood, Ohio, on Nov. 18. After that, his family and police say there was no other trace of him.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner says there were no signs of trauma and foul play has been ruled out, but no cause of death has been released. 

His family started a GoFundMe page to be able hire a private investigator to find him. It raised $24,000 before it stopped accepting donations.