UPDATE: Missing engineer committed suicide, police say

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UPDATE: Sept. 17, 2009:

Glendale police confirms to 3TV that Cornelius Hardy was found dead in his car in Yavapai County. Sheriff's deputies say they are investigating further but have determined his death was suicide.

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GLENDALE -- The search is on for a Glendale husband and father of two who has been missing since Saturday.

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Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant engineer missing - The search is on for a Glendale man who has been missing since Saturday.

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Cornelius Hardy, who often goes by Neil, was last seen Saturday evening at his home near 67th Avenue and Deer Valley Road in Glendale. Friends and family have gathered at that home this morning. Annette Hardy said she came home at about 8:30 p.m. to find her husband gone.

Hardy's family said the 41-year-old Palo Verde engineer is consistent in his routine and that it's not at all like him to simply disappear. They said they have checked his credit cards and cell-phone records and found no activity since Saturday.

The family has not been able to file an official missing-persons report yet because it has been less than 72 hours. They are, however, quite concerned.

"It makes me think that he isn't able to contact us ... or someone is not allowing him," Annette said. "Something is happening because he would have contacted us. ... He doesn't like to be away from home. It's just out of habit for him."

Hardy has high security clearance at the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant, where he works. His family said all of his security clearance badges are at his home.

Hardy, an engineer at the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant, is a black man who is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 185 pounds. He drives a silver Ridgeline Honda truck with black rims and the Arizona license plate GOWTIT. That vehicle is also missing.

If you have any information about Hardy's whereabouts, contact the Glendale Police Department 623-930-3000.