TURLOCK, CA - Human remains found in the Stanislaus National Forest are believed to be those of a 26-year-old man reported missing from Turlock in April 2012, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.
And the county coroner has ruled the death of the man believed to be Korey Alan Kauffman as suspicious.
"He's the kind of dude that if you didn't have a shirt he would give you the one off his back," Korey's brother Shadowe Prickett said.
The sheriff's department says the remains were spotted on Aug. 19 in the forest by hunters. An autopsy found the remains to be that of a white man in his early to mid-20s and evidence found at the spot where the remains were found were connected to Kauffman.
Kauffman's mother Terri Richardson said Tuesday she gave authoritis a DNA sample to help them identify the body. Authorities did not say when those results will be known.
Investigators asked that anyone with information about Kauffman's disappearance and presumed death to contact Det. Cory Brown (209) 567-4485. Tips can also be left anonymously with Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636, by email, or texted to CRIMES (274637). Type "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.