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Human remains identified as Johnathan Shay's

Phelps County Sheriff’s Department investigators confirm the human remains found February 21 were those of Johnathan Shay. File photo

Phelps County Sheriff's Department investigators confirm the human remains found February 21 were those of Johnathan Shay.

On July 9, 2015 Johnathan Shay, a 13 year old boy with autism, was reported missing from the 10000 block of County Road 3470 in St. James, Missouri.

An extensive search was conducted by several Law Enforcement agencies, Fire/EMS and the public.

On February 21, 2016 human remains suspected to be Johnathan were recovered from a near-by property.

The remains were transported to the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office by the Phelps County Coroner's Office.

Late Wednesday, after an extensive examination by a forensic anthropologist and dentist, the remains were officially identified as that of Johnathan Shay.

The examination will continue in an attempt to determine the cause and manner of death. This morning the family was formally notified of the findings.

"We want to thank the community, law enforcement agencies, search and rescue professionals and Emergency Medical Services for their support of the family and the Sheriff's department during this trying period," said Sheriff Rick Lisenbe. He added, "Please continue to pray, support and respect the family during this grieving period."

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