Michael Dwayne Wilkerson remains found in a wooded area earlier this year have led to some answers in a 10-year-old mystery.
The skeletal bones have been identified as belonging to a guy who has been reported missing since the year 2011.
According to a press statement issued by the sheriff’s office in Randolph County, North Carolina, on March 6, authorities received a tip that human remains had been discovered in the woods near New Hope Church Road in the county.
The remains were gathered by law enforcement and delivered to the office of the state medical examiner so that they could be identified.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office received confirmation from the state crime lab on March 23 that the bones belonged to a man by the name of Michael Dwayne Wilkerson, who was 34 years old.
Wilkerson’s disappearance was reported on September 24, 2011.
His relatives last saw him in the Asheboro region on September 8, 2011.
The wreckage of a pickup truck, which had Wilkerson’s mobile phone, was discovered by the police; however, there was no one in or around the truck at the time.
Wilkerson’s cell phone received its final call about 2.30am.
After receiving a report from a passerby about the collision at roughly 5:15 in the morning, a highway patrol trooper located the truck.
Prior to the discovery and identification of Wilkerson’s remains, there was very little information known about what had happened to him.
The sheriff’s office has stated that they do not know what caused Wilkerson’s death.
As of Tuesday, the inquiry was still ongoing.