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Remains Found Along Freeway ID’d As Veteran Who Disappeared After ‘Religious Experience’

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Mark Luplow was last seen June 24. (Credit: Facebook/helpfindmark)

Mark Luplow was last seen June 24. (Credit: Facebook/helpfindmark)

LANSING (WWJ/AP) - Authorities say human remains found near a Lansing freeway have been identified as those of a 33-year-old man missing since June.

Police confirmed Monday that the body of Mark Luplow, of Lansing, was found Friday near Dunckel Road and the U.S. 127 interchange, a day after a Michigan State University research student stumbled upon personal items in the area.

Police say foul play isn’t suspected. An autopsy was performed Saturday but police say a cause of death hasn’t yet been determined.

Luplow, a U.S. Navy veteran, disappeared on June 24 after telling his girlfriend, Felicia Miller, that he was going to Mount Pleasant to get a haircut.

After not hearing from Luplow for several hours, Miller started to get worried. She checked the garage of their Lansing home, in the 4100 block of Chickory Lane, and realized Luplow’s vehicle was still in the driveway.

Miller said Luplow had been talking about having a religious experience just before he disappeared.

“On June 20, he had, like, an out-of-body experience that I would describe as a spiritual awakening. He looked kind of gone for a minute and then he came back. But, I don’t know what he was going through,” Miller told WWJ’s Charlie Langton.

According to the missing persons report, Luplow was taking new medication at the time of his disappearance that might have been causing “delusional and suicidal behaviors.”

An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 517-483-6856.

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