The human remains, believed to be those of a man who went missing in 2011, were found Tuesday in Elma, according to the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office.
A man who had been fishing in a boat reported finding the remains in the weeds of the Chehalis River just west of Vance Creek Park, said Chief Criminal Deputy Dave Pimentel. They are believed to be that of Corey Allan Kellis, 37, of Elma, who went missing on Dec. 29, 2011.
He was last seen at about 10:30 a.m. walking near the ponds of Vance Creek Park, a place he was known to frequently visit. His wallet, cell phone and some other possessions were found in the vicinity of the park on Dec. 30. Family members at the time expressed concerns that Kellis was depressed and possibly suicidal.
Detectives and wildlife agents responded to the scene and found decomposed remains of a man, and disintegrated remains of Wrangler jeans, underwear and Romeo shoes were still intact.
Pimentel said the clothing matched a similar description of what the man was said to have been wearing when he went missing two years ago.
“Unless you knew what you were looking at you couldn’t really tell,” Pimentel said of determining what the remains were. “It’s what you’d expect of something that had been in the water for two years.”
The man’s femur has been sent to the state crime lab for testing, with results “hopefully sooner than later,” according to Pimentel.