The 53-year-old German journalist who had been missing from his Bethesda home for more than a week before he was found dead Tuesday in Pennsylvania took his own life, according to the trooper in charge on the investigation.
Pennsylvania Trooper 1st Class James A. Wool said Joachim Rogge's body was discovered by a state transportation worker "near a scenic overlook" along Route 15 in South Williamsport.
"I don't see where any suspicious details exist in this case," Wool wrote in an email to The Baltimore Sun.
Rogge, who had lived in Maryland for the past 14 years while working for a chain of German newspapers, was reported missing May 30, two days after leaving his house about 1 a.m., following a dispute with his wife.
A man fitting Rogge's description was seen on video surveillance making a purchase May 28 at a Home Depot in Edgewood, according to police. Rogge had also taken $40 from an ATM that day in Edgewood.
Valerie Rogge was hoping that her husband would return for the First Communion of their 8-year-old daughter last Saturday, but he did not. The Rogges also have another daughter, age 6.