The remains found earlier this month near Charlotte, North Carolina, belong to Sam Davis, a man from the area who has been missing since June 2018.
According to a statement from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, police responded to a 911 call on Thursday 14 February at 14:51.
"The remains were found by a Croft Community elementary school teacher, who was picking up a balloon that had passed a fence while the students were playing outside," the press release said. "No student has observed the remains."
Although the detectives found no visible signs of trauma, the homicide detectives responded to the scene and the remains were transported to the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's office. The authorities told Dateline's detectives that they had determined that the crime was not involved in Sam's death.
As previously mentioned by Dateline, Sam Davis, 25 years old at the time, was last seen leaving his home on Poplar Grove Drive in Charlotte on June 29, 2018. He told his roommate that he was going to a nearby Walmart.
Sam's mother, Carol Mejia, told Dateline in December 2018 that the security images never show Sam coming to Walmart or anywhere else. He has never been seen alive.
Sam's remains were found less than three kilometers from where he had last been seen.
"Thirty-three weeks ago today, Sam disappeared in the air. Yesterday, he was found and not as we hoped and what we had prayed, "wrote Sam's mother, Carol, in a February 15 post on Facebook. "But for the first time in eight months, I now know where he is. He is not in danger and he is not sad. We are broken and we are in pain. "
According to Find Sam Davis' Facebook page, a celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, March 3 in Huntersville, North Carolina. For more information, visit the Facebook page, run by Sam's mother, Carol.