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Missing Leesburg man identified as individual found in Potomac River

Peter S. Daley

The funeral of a man reported missing from a Leesburg assisted living facility July 26 will be held Saturday, according to an obituary on the website of Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville.

Peter S. Daley, 70, died July 26, according to his obituary.

Daley, who left Morningside Assisted Living facility in Leesburg about 7:30 p.m. without his wallet and cellphone, was later found in the Potomac River in Montgomery County, Md. on the morning of July 27.

Capt. Paul Starks, director of communications for the Montgomery County Police Department, said last week that authorities didn’t suspect foul play in Daley’s death as there was no trauma to the body.

Daley suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and was picked up by a taxi at Morningside from the Red Cab company and taken to Whites Ferry where he was dropped off at about 7:45 p.m. July 26, according to reports.

Since July 30, calls to the Montgomery County Police Department to get a positive identification of Daley yielded no results. Today, an officer in the public information office confirmed Daley’s death,  saying a medical examiner had to first make an official determination.

Funeral arrangements for Daley were made days ago.

According to Leesburg Police Chief Joe Price his department was notified by Montgomery County Police at 3:24 p.m. Aug. 2 of Daley’s identification.

Daley earned his doctorate from the University of Florida and spent 20 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, According to his obituary.
He received several decorations including the Defense Superior Service Metal and the Air Force Legion of Merit and served as Director of Environmental Policy for the Department of Defense. He served as vice president for Environment and Technology for Waste Management International, London, where he and his wife Linda lived for five years.

Funeral services for Daley will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Purcellville Baptist Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Opportunity International.


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