REMAINS IDENTIFIED

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SALYERSVILLE - The medical examiner has officially released the remains of Freddy Brown, who has been missing for over a year.

On October 4, 2013, ginseng hunters found his remains while hunting roughly a mile up a hollow off of the Lefthand Fork of Johnson Fork, according to Magoffin County Sheriff Carson Montgomery. 

The remains were found within a mile from the home of missing Magoffin man, Freddy Brown. Brown, 29, of Johnson Fork, was last seen on February 27, 2013. The search for Brown had been suspended earlier in 2013 due to lack of evidence.

On Wednesday, Kentucky State Police Detective Jason Dials confirmed the remains found in October had been positively identified as Freddy Brown. As of this time, officials do not know the cause of death.

"As of right now, this will remain an open death investigation and no foul play is suspected," Detective Dials said. "There was no proof or sign of foul play. There were no signs of trauma, but without the entire body, that can be difficult to determine."

The body has been released to a local funeral home for the family, Dials said.