James Marshall Woodfin (File)
MERIDIAN (September 4, 2013)--Human remains found last November in Bosque County have been identified as those of a Meridian man who was last seen in June 2012, authorities said Wednesday.
Bosque County Chief Deputy Sheriff Clint Pullin told News 10 Wednesday the remains have been positively identified as those of James Marshall Woodfin, 50, who was reported missing from his Meridian home on June 18, 2012.
Deputies immediately began an extensive search of the area because Woodfin was reported to be in bad health, but found no trace of him.
In subsequent weeks deputies received reports of sightings of Woodfin from as far away as Cleburne, but none of those reports proved fruitful.
On November 11, 2012, a portion of a skeleton was found in the area of Bosque County Road 2610 near the Woodfin residence.
After laboratory testing the remains were determined to be human, Pullin said.
Further investigation in the area by Texas Rangers, the Travis County Search and Rescue Team and the Alamo Area Search and Rescue cadaver dogs yielded more remains which were collected and sent to the University of North Texas and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office for study.
DNA extracted from the bones was matched to a sample from Woodfin, Pullin said.
The cause of his death could not be determined because of the condition of the remains, Pullin said, but deputies believe Woodfin's health was a contributing factor in his death and they do not suspect any foul play.