Authorities believe they have found the remains of an Ohio man missing since last month.
Harrison County Sheriff Ronald Myers told local station WTOV that a body was discovered over the weekend in a small body of water behind a cemetery in Hopedale. Authorities believe it is the remains of Jacob Hill, 28, who was last seen March 20.
“We believe it to be him,” Myers told the station, adding that both Hill's wallet and identification were found with the body.
The sheriff said he is waiting for the autopsy report before he is able to say whether foul play is suspected.
Hill was last seen March 20 while talking to one of his neighbors at around 2 p.m.
“He talked to him for a few minutes and walked back to his trailer,” Sgt. John Thompson told Oxygen.com in an earlier interview.
Thompson said the neighbor noted nothing unusual about the conversation.
His mother, Tina Hill, told Dateline that Hill had been at her house shortly before he disappeared and that he had been planning to stay at their home during the quarantine. He even left several of his personal belongings behind, according to NBC News.
His family confirmed the devastating news in a message on Facebook.
“It is with the heaviest hearts that we let you all know that Jacob was found today,” Lisa Atkins Shultz wrote. “This was not the outcome we were hoping for but we are so thankful that we got to bring him home. This boy, this wonderful boy was such a a broken soul. He tried so hard to make it and stay good. He was always searching for the next thing or person that was going to make him happy. We are absolutely devastated losing him but I hope he is at peace now. Hopefully he is up there with John Henry catching up. Take care of him Dad til we can all be together again. Please pray for His Mom, Dad and big Sister. Our family is heartbroken and numb.”
The family has asked for privacy as they deal with the loss.
Shultz ended the post by saying “We love you Buddy. We will miss you forever.”
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