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Body found was man last seen in 1980s

July 14, 2006

The body found last week near Pen Mar has been identified as an area man last seen by his family more than 20 years ago, the Maryland State Police announced Thursday.

According to police, an identification card belonging to Charles Calvin Lessner, who had lived in Cascade, Frederick, Md., and Thurmont, Md., was found among the remains discovered July 7 by two hikers.

An archaeologist was taken to the scene at Grey Rock Road near the Appalachian Trail. The bones were removed and taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, police said.

Family members told investigators they had not had contact with Lessner since the early 1980s, police said.

"It is apparent this death occurred quite some time ago," a press release states.

Lessner, who was known by his friends as "Chuck," served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and had a black belt in karate, police said.

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According to police, Lessner would have turned 54 in March.

The police are requesting help from anyone who knew Lessner or his girlfriend, Phyllis. The couple lived in the Cascade or Catoctin, Md., area, according to police.

Anyone with information may call the Maryland State Police Criminal Investigative Section at 301-739-2101.

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