Remains found in Phelps County may belong to missing boy with autism

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PHELPS COUNTY - The Phelps County Sheriff Department found human remains near the Dry Fork Creek area, believed to be that of 13-year-old Johnathan Shay

Phelps County Deputies, detectives and a Missouri Department of Conservation agent searched the area after someone discovered human remains near the creek Sunday. Investigators said items found at the scene link the remains to Shay.

A second search was initiated on Monday and more remains were located. 

The remains will be sent to a forensic dentist in Columbia for further identification. 

Shay went missing in July. He was last seen in a home at the 10,000 block of County Road 3470 around 7:30 p.m. on July 9 with a friend, 11-year-old Xavier Baylor. A missing person report was filed after officers say the boys walked away from the residence.

KOMU 8 News will keep the story updated as more information becomes available. 

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