Human remains found in Pike Co., Ohio, Victim Identified


WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) – A sheriff says human remains found in a large bag just a few yards off a road in a rural area of Ohio have been identified as the body of a man last seen in 2018.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said in a release that the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identified the body through fingerprints as 36-year-old Shane Walls of Pike County. The sheriff’s office says authorities were informed in February that Walls was missing and was last seen in December.

The sheriff says three mushroom hunters found the bag around 3 p.m. Monday in the southern Ohio county and called authorities.

Reader says the cause of death hasn’t been determined. His office is conducting a homicide investigation into the death.

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A homicide investigation is underway in Pike County, Ohio after human remains were found Monday afternoon. 

Pike County Sheriff Charles S. Reader says three mushroom hunters found the remains near Buchanan Rd and Trego Rd. 

Police tell us after securing the scene they found a bag with decomposed remains near the road, the county coroner confirmed the remains were human. 

An autopsy has been scheduled for later this week to learn more about the remains. 

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