- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Examiner’s Office says DNA testing has confirmed the identity of a skull found in August in Pearl River County woods.

The Picayune Item reports (https://bit.ly/2i3mZuZ ) Coroner Derek Turnage said the skull belonged to 48-year-old Michael Ray Adams, who authorities said apparently had hanged himself. He says Adams’ DNA was on file in the Combined DNA Index System due to formerly being incarcerated and he’s listed on the state’s sex offender registry.

The skull was found by a dog. Initial efforts to locate the body were unsuccessful, but in November, the same dog brought home a femur, allegedly from the same body as the skull. That prompted a second attempt to locate the body. Bo, a bloodhound owned by the chief of the Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department, later led search crews to the remains.

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Information from: Picayune Item, https://www.picayuneitem.com

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