Remains found in Rowan County identified as missing Michigan man

The Rowan County coroner says Thomas Ray James had been reported missing ten years ago.

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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