Body found on banks of Truckee River is missing Sparks man

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - June 2 update:

A man found Wednesday on the banks of the Truckee River near Mustang has been identified as a 74-year-old Sparks man reported missing since May 9.

The Sparks Police Department said Friday that Gary Poppinga was found about 1:50 p.m. by people recreating in the area near the Mustang exit.

Poppinga was last seen at his Union Street home, where he left his cellular telephone and his wallet. He had made suicidal statements and took a gun with him and said he wanted to die along what he calls the Lovelock River.

His death did not involve foul play, police said. They were not releasing other information.

“The family would also like to thank all those involved with this case and the work they did to attempt to find Gary and the efforts to bring him home,” police said.

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Sparks Police are asking people to be on the lookout for a man missing since May 9.

Police say Gary Poppinga was reported to be despondent over several personal matters and left his home on the 1000 block of Union Street May 9, 2017 in the early afternoon. He walked away, leaving behind his cell phone and wallet. Police say he had made suicidal statements and he took a revolver-type handgun with him.

He stated he liked to go to the "Lovelock" river in the past and that's where he would like to be when he died. Police are not aware of a "Lovelock" river, but are wondering about other rivers nearby.

Family, friends and police have not heard from Poppinga, and are asking for the public's help to get him back home to his family.

Poppinga is 74 years old and white, with gray hair and blue eyes. He is 5'11" and 180 pounds.

Anyone with information about him is asked to call Sparks Police at 775-353-2231.