Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sheriff Says Remains Found Where Missing Boy Last Seen near St. James, Mo

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sheriff Says Remains Found Where Missing Boy Last Seen near St. James, Mo

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ST. JAMES, Mo. * Human remains have been found along a southern Missouri creek where a 13-year-old boy was last seen in July, the area sheriff said Monday.

Phelps County Sheriff Richard Lisenbe said forensic tests are being conducted on the remains. But he said it's unclear whether they belong to Johnathan Shay, who was reported missing July 9 after he and an 11-year-old cousin left his grandmother's yard in St. James, about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis.

The younger boy was found the next day walking along a creek.

Lisenbe said other items including a tennis shoe like the one Shay had been wearing was also recovered from the area where the remains were found, about a half-mile from the home the children had wandered from.

It's unclear how long the forensic testing would take, and it would be premature to say the remains were those of the missing boy, Lisenbe said. …

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