Missing Decatur man's body positively identified

DNA analysis confirmed remains found in Jackson County belong to James Robert Elliott.

Posted: May. 8, 2018 12:05 PM
Updated: May. 8, 2018 1:20 PM

James Robert Elliott, who had Alzheimer's, was reported missing in Decatur on October 11, 2016. He was 72.

The Decatur Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division and several other law enforcement agencies searched for Elliott.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's Community Information Center assisted the Decatur Police Department by putting out a missing senior alert that circulated through Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida.

Elliott's vehicle and some of his belongings were found in Jackson County on November 20, 2016, but officials did not find Elliott.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department found human remains on Feb. 10, several miles away from where Elliott's truck was found.

The remains were sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. They were positively identified as Elliott's on May 4, police said.

Elliott's cause of death is still unknown, but law enforcement does not suspect foul play.

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