Human remains found in Avery County Tuesday are believed to belong to a missing man, the Avery County Sheriff said Wednesday morning.
The sheriff said the remains were discovered near Harper's Creek and could belong to 47-year-old George Richardson, who has been missing for nearly two months.
Richardson disappeared in the Harper's Creek area in April. He was last seen at a cabin in the community, which was burned to the ground along with all of Richardson's known vehicles.
A shoe was found in the area last week and searchers went back out on Monday. Deputies say skeletal remains and some personal items were found late Monday into Tuesday.
Deputies hope to positively identify the remains within several days and say so far a cause of death has not been confirmed. The remains are being taken to a hospital in Winston-Salem