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(Big Rapids, MI) (AP) – Missouri authorities have confirmed that a body found in a remote area of the Mark Twain National Forest is that of a Michigan man missing since winter.

Search dogs on Sunday found decomposed remains that Carter County, Mo., authorities now say are those of 49-yest-old Fred Byrne of Big Rapids, Mich.

Byrne dropped off his son at Hope College in Holland, Mich., on Feb. 12, then visited his mother in Holland. He wasn’t seen since.

WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich., says an autopsy Tuesday confirms the remains belong to Byrne.

Byrne was a lawyer and a prominent member of the Big Rapids community, serving on the city’s parks board. His wife Diana is president of the Big Rapids school board.

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