Remains found in Rowan County identified as missing Michigan man

Thomas Ray James

ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Some human remains found in a Rowan County forest earlier this month have been identified as a man from Michigan, who was reported missing ten years ago.

On Friday, the Rowan County coroner told WKYT that the remains have been identified as those of 50-year-old Thomas Ray James of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.

On August 3, police say a hunter found a skull off Forestry Ridge Road, near Morehead. Investigators later found some other bones nearby.

James was reported missing in August 2004. Police say his abandoned car was found a short time later at a rest area in Rowan County.

The coroner says the remains were found about a mile from where the car had been abandoned. He also says determining a cause of death will difficult due to the extreme decomposition of the remains.

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