- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police say contractors clearing overgrown brush from the backyard of an elderly Portland man missing since last Christmas have found human remains in an area previously checked by search and rescue dogs.

Sgt. Pete Simpson said the remains found Tuesday appear to be a match for 83-year-old Jerry Kent Boyer, who lived at the home.

The medical examiner plans an autopsy Wednesday to determine the cause of death and confirm identity. Simpson says an initial investigation at the scene has found no sign of foul play.

The remains were found in an area covered with thick brush and a woodpile.

Boyer was reported missing on Dec. 29, 2014, after friends checked his home and found newspapers on the porch and his dogs loose in the backyard. Police found no sign of him, nor any sign of foul play.

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