Remains identified in Oktibbeha County

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office says skeletal remains found in the Adaton community last month are those of man reported missing nearly 11 years.

Sheriff’s Department Commander Brett Watson tells the Starkville Daily News that Jamashed Aryana was 63 years old when he was reported missing in March of 2001 after walking away from his home.

Watson says Aryana was identified by DNA comparison with a family member.

Watson says the initial discovery was made Feb. 14 after someone stumbled upon the remains, as well as personal items believed to belong to Aryana, while walking the fence line on his property. The area where the remains were found were heavily wooded and overgrown with brush.