Times Free Press: Skeletal remains found in Mentone, AL on Tuesday positively identified as Rome man missing since 2016. Death appears to be self-inflicted.

Times Free Press: Skeletal remains found in Mentone, AL on Tuesday positively identified as Rome man missing since 2016. Death appears to be self-inflicted.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles are shown at a search location near Mentone, Ala., where a contractor found human remains on Tuesday. Photo from Dekalb Sheriff Office.


Authorities have positively identified human remains found Tuesday near DeSoto State Park in DeKalb County, Alabama, as those of a man reported missing in Rome, Georgia, four years ago, according to a report in the Times Free Press.

The remains were found by a contractor working on a home near Mentone, where the body was discovered in a wooded area, authorities said this week.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tyler Pruett said Friday that no foul play is suspected and investigators believe the death is possibly self-inflicted. The Times Free Press does not typically identify victims of suicide.

The man was reported missing in July 2016 and was believed to have been at DeSoto State Park, Pruett said Friday. The remains found Tuesday were on private property adjacent to park land.

Hometown Headlines has reached out to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, as well as DeKalb County Coroner Tom Wilson for updates on the identified remains. Floyd County Chief Deputy Coroner Connie Chandler says the Floyd County Coroner’s office has not been contacted about the remains. We will have updates when more information is available.

Previous release from DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office: Yesterday (May 12, 2020), a contractor doing work on a home near Mentone discovered human remains in a wooded area off of County Road 948. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office was notified, and immediately began an investigation. Additional remains were located by investigators later in the afternoon.

Early this morning, DeKalb County Investigators were assisted in a thorough search of the area by the Center for Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University, DeKalb County Deputies, ALEA, Mentone Police Department, Fort Payne Police Department, the Alabama Department of Game and Fish, Alabama Department of Pardons & Paroles, Fischer Rescue Squad, DeSoto Rescue Squad, and the Mentone Fire Department.

After an examination of the remains, it’s estimated they are several years old. While official confirmation from medical examiners is pending, investigators believe they know the identity of the individual. The remains are believed to be a male subject from Rome, Georgia that went missing in the area during the summer of 2016.

We’ll update with more information after the identity has been confirmed. The remains were transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for examination.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: “I’d like to thank all the agencies that came out to help in the search this morning. Their hard work will help bring a family closure. We will update again when we are able to officially confirm the identity of the remains,” he said.


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