UPDATE: Skeletal remains found in Kentucky identified as Ashburn man missing since 2014

UPDATE: Skeletal remains found in Kentucky identified as Ashburn man missing since 2014
Richard Wood (Source: Ashburn Police Department)

WILLIAMSBURG, KY. (WALB) - Skeletal remains found in 2015 in Kentucky have been identified as a South Georgia man missing since 2014, according to our sister station at WKYT.

Richard Wood, who was last seen August 15, 2014, has been identified from the remains, the Whitley County coroner told WKYT.

Whitley County Coroner Andy Corleyt said no cause of death can be made due to the composition of the bones. He said there is no trauma on the bones.

Wood’s remains were found in March 2015 in Kentucky, according to WKYT.

Richard Wood missing person flyer.
Richard Wood missing person flyer.

In 2014, the Ashburn Police Department said Wood was traveling with a friend through Laurel County, Kentucky on Aug. 15, when they stopped to rest. His friend woke up between 3 and 4 a.m. to find Wood no longer there.

Wood was arrested later that morning by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, 12 miles from the rest stop for criminal trespassing. He was accused of looking into a window of a home and beating on the side of the residence, according to a 2014 WALB web article.

Wood was released from the Laurel County Detention Center.

The Ashburn Police Department declared Wood as a missing person on August 18, 2014.

Ashburn Police said at this time, they will not make an official comment out of respect for the family.

WALB also reached out to Whitley County Sheriff Todd Shelley for comment and the latest on the investigation, but he has not returned our calls at this time.

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