Pettis County authorities say skeletal remains found in 2018 were those of a Sedalia man who has been missing for six years.

Pettis County Coroner Robert "Skip" Smith identified the remains as 39-year-old Timothy Gibson, who was last seen on March 26, 2015, when he was taken to a hospital and then released.

The coroner said he was not able to determine a cause of death because of the condition of Gibson's remains but there was no evidence of foul play.

A Missouri conservation agent found the remains on Oct. 27, 2018, in a densely wooded area.

Gibson, a white male, was born in June of 1975. He was listed at 6-feet, one inch, and weighed 175 pounds at the time of his disappearance.

Gibson reportedly had a tattoo of a broken heart on his left bicep and a tattoo on his left shoulder.

The coroner requested assistance from the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office, and a forensic anthropologist and an investigator helped process the scene just southeast of Sedalia.

Smith said the identification was delayed in part by labs being closed by the coronavirus pandemic. He said Gibson's medical records helped identify the remains.

The coroner notified Gibson’s mother on Thursday, April 15 that the remains belonged to her missing son.

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