The Ripley Police Department have recovered human remains they believe belong to a man who went missing in the spring.
Chief Brad Anderson said that around 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, police were called to Grand View Drive, where someone found the remains of a man investigators believe to be Jason Casto, 39.
"One of the property owners was up there out in the woods and found the remains of a body," Anderson said.
While findings are still preliminary, the initial investigation has led officials to believe the remains belong to Casto. A missing-person report was filed by a family member on May 18.
"We believe this is the body of Jason Casto who was reported missing back of May in 2018 from Sheriff Drive," Anderson said.
Anderson said the remains have been sent to the West Virginia Medical Examiner's office for positive identification. The medical examiner's office will have to determine if there was any foul play.
"Really it comes back to the medical examiner and what he's found before we can go forward with that," Anderson said.
The property where the remains were found is located close to the location where Casto went missing.
"The two properties kind of border each other," Anderson said.
The initial searches of the area at the time Casto went missing did not produce any results.
"We did several searches of that property and several other properties he was believed to have been but we weren't able to locate him," Anderson said. "He disappeared after what was believed to be some sort of domestic argument and was never seen again."