St. Augustine, Fla., Apr 21, 2016 / 05:24 am
A Florida priest who went missing last week has been lauded by his diocese as a humble and generous servant after his remains were found in Georgia on April 18.
"He always saw the good in people he served reminding them that God created them for greatness with a good and noble purpose for others," Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of St. Augustine said April 19.
"While his life was taken from us tragically on Sunday, April 10 – the day of his disappearance – it is important that we remember how he lived his life in selfless love for others," the bishop said.
Fr. Rene Wayne Robert, 71, was last seen Sunday, April 10. Parishioners grew concerned when he didn't show up for a funeral service. Police received a request for a welfare check on April 12. After they failed to locate the priest, a missing persons investigation was launched.