Human Remains Believed to be Missing Forsyth Man

William Mays Jr. (Photo) Taney County Sheriff's Office
William Mays Jr. (photo: Taney County Sheriff’s Office)


by Tim Church


FORSYTH, Mo. – Human remains discovered over the weekend, below the Scenic View off of Y Highway in Forsyth, are believed to belong to a man missing since last summer.

Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell reports they believe the remains are those of 35-year-old William Mays, who walked away from a care facility on Y Highway near Forsyth on June 2nd, 2015.

The remains were discovered by Central Taney County Fire personnel on Saturday, February 20th. Russell says he requested the assistance of Central Taney County Fire Chief Chuck Allgood to search an area on Y Highway, approximately a mile and a half from where Mays was last seen. Crews located the remains over half way down the steep hillside, at the base of a tall bluff, approximately 80 yards from the water.

Taney County Deputies and Coroner Kevin Tweedy were taken into the area by boat by two members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division. The scene was processed and all remains recovered. Due to the condition of the remains, a positive I.D. is yet to be made. Russell says they will be comparing the remains to Mays dental records and possibly DNA, if needed.

Russell adds there was no indications of any criminal activity associated with the remains.


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