Bones ID'd as those of Dacula man

DACULA - Skeletal remains found in a wooded area near Drowning Creek Road and Tanner Road on June 29 have been identified as those of Scott Spalding of Dacula.

Spalding, 38, was reported missing on Aug. 5, 2000.

The remains - found by tree service employees working on the property - were quickly ruled out through dental records as being those of Justin Gaines, a college student missing since 2007.

Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said it was also dental records, through the military, that confirmed the remains as Spalding's.

"Mr. Spalding died of a single gunshot wound from a handgun located at the scene," Spellman said. "The Medical Examiner's Office has ruled Mr. Spalding's death a suicide."

The Gwinnett police Cold Case Unit had been working the case.