UPDATE: Greenup County Missing Man's Remains Found

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 4/14/14 @ 7:15 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The human remains recently found in Greenup County have been identified as those of Gerald L. Boyles, according to information from Kentucky State Police.

While searching for a robbery suspect, Greenup Sheriff's deputies found skeletal remains in a small creek near the intersection of U.S. 23 and Ky. 1043.

The remains were positively identified by Greenup County Coroner Neil Wright and the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office.

At this time, Boyles' death does not appear to be suspicious. He was 75 years old.

UPDATE 4/14/14 @ 6 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Family members of an elderly man missing since September say they are convinced remains found near South Shore, Ky., are those of Gerald Boyles.

Months of search efforts turned up no clues about where Boyles, 75, had gone, and just one day before remains were found, Tim Boyles and his cousin searched in that area for his father.

“We [were] right on this road Thursday. We went right out through here, went right by him. We didn't know,” Tim Boyles said.

Greenup County Coroner Neil Wright tells WSAZ.com he was called to the scene off East Tygart Road near South Shore, Ky., just before midnight Friday where skeletal remains were found. He said the clothes matched what Boyles was wearing when he was last seen and that identification found on the remains belonged to Boyles.

"We have no reason to believe it's anyone other than [Gerald Boyles],” Wright said.

Boyles’ family said he had Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease and was last seen at his home near South Shore in September. The remains were found about one mile from his home.

Wright said the state medical examiner in Frankfort has said there is no evidence of foul play.

“I was hoping to find him alive and everything, and help take care of him until something like that happened,” Tim Boyles said.

Boyles knew that was unlikely, with his father’s poor physical and mental health.

“When me and you are sleeping at night, he thinks it's daylight out, and I think just what happened is he just got confused,” Boyles said.

After seven months, he is grateful for an answer and for the people who helped search for his father.

“It kind of hurt me at first, but I was kind of glad that they found him because I know he's in a better place now and he [doesn’t] have to suffer anymore,” Boyles said.

The remains were sent to Frankfort for positive identification.

Boyles said he believes his father probably wandered off and that if he fell, he wasn’t physically strong enough to get up.

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ORIGINAL STORY 4/14/14 @ 1:20 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Remains have been found in Greenup County, Kentucky, and they could be that of an elderly man who has been missing since September 2013.

Investigators with the Greenup County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police say a body was found along U.S. 23 in the South Shore area Friday night.

Greenup County Coroner Neil Wright tells WSAZ.com he was called to the scene just before midnight Friday, after the skeletal remains were found.

Wright tells WSAZ.com, "We have no reason to believe it's anyone other than" Gerald Boyles.

Boyles, 75, was reported missing last September from his home in South Shore.

Boyles' son Tim tells WSAZ.com the remains were found about a mile away from his dad's home.

Boyles' family tells WSAZ.com they are 98 percent sure that this is their father.

The remains have been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

According to Kentucky State Police, investigators are waiting on dental records to identify the remains.

"I'm satisfied it's Mr. Boyles," Wright tells WSAZ.com. He says he is 98 to 99 percent sure the remains do belong to Mr. Boyles and that he is glad the family can finally get closure.

The medical examiner tells Wright that there is no sign of foul play.

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