Remains Found Of Missing 18 Year Old Union Beach, NJ Man Found In Shenandoah National Park, VA After Massive Search

April 27, 2021

From the National Park Service:

Luray, VA – Based on a preliminary identification of remains found Monday, April 26, 2021, the search for Ty Sauer conducted by Shenandoah National Park with support from Virginia Department of Emergency Management has been suspended. All trails in the Hazel Mountain area have been reopened. The body of a male believed to be Ty Sauer was discovered by searchers today at 2:55 p.m. The body is being transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas for positive ID and determination of cause of death. The remains were found in the park about 2.5 miles from the boundary in Rappahannock County and about 2 miles from where he was last seen Thursday, April 22.

Shenandoah National Park joins Virginia Department of Emergency Management in thanking the many organizations that were involved including DOGS-East, Christian Aid Ministries Search & Rescue, Va. Search & Rescue Dog Association, Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group, Rockingham-Augusta Search & Rescue, Old Rag Mountain Stewards, Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Trot Search & Rescue, Blue & Gray Search & Rescue Dogs, Search & Rescue Tracking Institute, Piedmont Search & Rescue, K-9 Alert, Va. State Police, Louisa County Sheriff’s Department, Shenandoah Nordic/Backcountry Search and Rescue, Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S., Greene County, Rockingham Fire, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Luray Police Department.

Ty Sauer, 18, from Union Beach, NJ was a Keyport High School Student.

April 26, 2021
Dear Keyport Families,
It is with deep sorrow that I must convey some sad news. Late this afternoon we received
information regarding the loss of a Keyport High School student. Our sincere condolences and
thoughts go out to the family.
We are all in shock and to help us grieve, we will have counselors available to our students and
staff . In fact, this evening’s Google Meet is in progress and will remain open until 9:30 p.m.
The Traumatic Loss Coalition is a community partner and will work collaboratively with us as
the school community copes with grief.
The Keyport Public School Crisis team has established both in-person and virtual counseling
centers throughout Keyport High School. These locations and virtual links will be
communicated to all staff and students tomorrow at the start of the school day. Counseling
services will also be available to students at Keyport Central School. Students that are struggling
are encouraged to utilize these support services at any time throughout the school day. If you
feel that your children are having difficulty we are here to support them. Please feel free to
contact our counseling office at 732-212-6100 ext 3257 or
This is a difficult time for all and it is important to keep the lines of communication open. Again,
do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Lisa Savoia, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools

A GoFundMe is set up for Ty Sauer’s Funeral expenses you can access that here.