Law enforcement in Georgia has discovered the remains of a man who has been missing for more than a year, after receiving a call from someone whose dog had brought home an unusual bone.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed on Wednesday that the human remains found in Morgan County are those of Chancellor “CJ” James McCall, a 23-year-old Atlanta man who went missing on December 28, 2020, reports the Morgan County Citizen. The remains were located on Dec. 16, Office Special Agent Mary Chandler told the newspaper.
The local sheriff’s office received a call earlier in December from a man who said he believed his dog brought home a human bone, Deputy Chief Keith Howard told the newspaper. The appellant said he put the bone in his truck and drove to work in Madison. Police encountered the man at work and identified the bone as human.
Authorities put a tracking collar on the dog and mapped the dog’s daily movements. This led officers to a decomposed skeleton lying on the leaf-covered ground, Howard told the newspaper. The remains were located approximately 100 yards from the dog owner’s house.
At the Georgia Bureau of Investigation criminal lab, officers used dental records to identify the remains as belonging to McCall, according to the newspaper. Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley told the Citizen that investigators also used the national missing and unidentified persons system files and McCall’s clothing and hairstyle to carry out the identification.
“We are always happy to close a family,” Markley told the newspaper. “When you don’t know where your child is, that doesn’t allow you to close. “
McCall was presumed dead after being shot outside a residence in Decatur, Georgia, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Person System. Witnesses said McCall’s body was loaded into the trunk of his own car and taken away.
“His car was found a few hours later at another location after it was set on fire,” the website description of his case said.
There were 20,559 unresolved missing persons cases in 55 U.S. states and territories published in the August 2021 (most recent) report of the National Missing and Unidentified Person System. According to the national tracking system, 600,000 people are missing and 4,400 unidentified bodies are found each year.
Two men have been arrested in DeKalb County in connection with McCall’s disappearance, WAGA-TV reports. However, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the case and has not released additional information about the arrests, according to the station.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office could not be reached on Friday evening for further comment.