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.
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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