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Forte Memorial Planned, Family Left with Questions

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FENWICK ISLAND, Del. - As plans for a memorial service are finalized, family members and friends of a missing Delaware man said they are left with more questions than answers.
 
On Monday, the family announced a memorial service in June for Greg Forte, 29, of Selbyville. Forte was reported missing following a party in Fenwick Island in February.
 
On Friday, Ocean City police said the Maryland State Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that bones found along the beach in late April were the remains of Forte.
 
While declining an on-camera interview, mother Linda Forte said outside her house Monday afternoon that the family was still very upset about the news. Father Fred Forte thanked volunteers who spent hours searching for clues but said the family is still left wondering what really happened to their loved one.
 
Forte's cause of death is currently unknown, said Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Walter Newton. Investigators with the State Medical Examiner's Office are trying to determine a cause but the remains are in poor condition, Newton said. Newton said he did not know how long such a process would take.
 
The news is also difficult for Forte's extended family at the Indian River School District in Sussex County. Forte was a 1998 graduate of Indian River High School in Frankford where he played varsity soccer for four years, Principal Mark Steele said. Forte's father, Fred, works as a guidance counselor at the high school and Forte spent several years as a substitute teacher.
 
"He worked with the students, and was willing to help them," Steele said of the former staff member and student. "He always went a little more than just being the substitute that sat behind the desk."
 
Meanwhile, what is left of a small memorial still sits on a beach walkway at South Carolina Avenue in Fenwick near the area where Forte was last seen. Flowers are hung on the dune fencing above what appears to be an Easter basket.
 
Friends said they are working to establish a soccer scholarship in Forte's honor for an Indian River senior. Donations can also be sent to the Greg Forte Fund at PNC Bank branches in Delaware to aid in an investigation into his death.
 
The memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on June 9 at St. Andrew's in Ocean City.
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