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UPDATE: Skeletal remains found in forest belonged to missing man

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Published: Apr. 26, 2016 at 9:27 PM EDT
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UPDATE 1/17/18 @ 2:50 p.m.

Deputies say skeletal remains found in Nov. 2017 belonged to a missing man from Lawrence County.

According to Sheriff Jeff Lawless, Billy Harper's remains were found on Nov. 25 in the Wayne National Forest in Aid Township by hunters.

The skull found had a bullet hole going through it. Additional bones were found along with a .22 caliber pistol.

Harper had been missing since April 2016. His car was found near a trail leading to the Wayne National Forest around that time.

In Dec. 2017, a tooth from the skull was taken and examined by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.

According to deputies, the results of the DNA test came back Tuesday saying the tooth belonged to Harper.

Detectives are requesting that the ATF search and compare the serial number from the revolver to see if Harper is the registered owner of that firearm.

Investigators found a letter of apology in Harper's vehicle in his hand writing.

The case remains under investigation.

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UPDATE 4/28/16 @ 6:44 a.m.

The car a missing man from Lawrence County, Ohio was last seen in was found on County Road 5 in Kitts Hill Wednesday morning.

Billy Harper, 41, was last seen about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 20.

According to officials, the car was found near a Wayne National Forest Trail.

However, there is still no sign of Harper.

Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies say it is out of character for Harper, who hasn't shown up for work or answered his cellphone. It goes straight to voicemail.

The sheriff's office says no evidence of foul play was found around the vehicle.

Deputies extensively searched the area Wednesday, but found no sign of Harper.

If you have any information, you're asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.


ORIGINAL STORY 4/26/16

A search is underway for a man who has been missing from Lawrence County since last Wednesday evening.

Billy Harper, 41, was last seen about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 20.

Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies say it out of character for Harper, who hasn’t shown up for work or answered his cellphone. It goes straight to voicemail.

Deputies worked overtime searching where Harper was last seen, as well as some wooded areas.

Harper is believed to be driving a black and silver Toyota Rav 4 with the Ohio license plate number BZ98AZ.