Remains identified as Salem man

Human skeletal remains discovered in a remote area south of Lyons have been identified as a missing Salem man, William Carl Mills, 37.

The remains were discovered by a deer hunter on Oct. 13 on McCully Mountain Road. According to Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller, the State Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identity as Mills, who was reported missing to the Salem Police Department on January 27, 2007. Mills was identified using dental records.

After Mills’ remains were discovered, Linn County Sheriff’s detectives and members of the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Post conducted an evidence search and recovered the remains, which were then sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Clackamas, Mueller said.

Sheriff’s detectives and a deputy medical examiner assisting on the case searched the missing persons data base maintained by the National Crime Information Center in Clarksburg, Va., going back two years and discovered a possible match with Mills.

Detectives then contacted the Salem Police Department, who had the dental records and missing person report on file.