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Cops ID remains as missing man

SUWANEE -- Police have identified skeletal remains found Thursday in a wooded area near Old Peachtree and Lawrenceville-Suwanee roads as those of Wesley T. McMurry, a mentally ill man missing since March.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said dental records and identification found at the scene positively identified the 49-year-old Lawrenceville man, who walked away from his Lester Road home in the early morning hours of March 28.

McMurry suffered from schizophrenia and lived with his mother, Virginia, who initially told police that her son sometimes left the home but never stayed gone long.

She was concerned, she said, that he may have gotten himself lost or injured.

The investigation into the cause and manner of McMurry's death is ongoing, but police said they suspect criminal activity and are investigating it as a possible homicide.

A demolition crew worker found the remains under a mobile home that had been marked to be torn down to make room for future road construction, Schiralli said.

These remains were the second set to turn up in Gwinnett County in four days, as a pedestrian walking his dog in Norcross stumbled upon human remains near Forest Vale Drive on Sunday.

Police suspect foul play in that incident as well.

Authorities urge anyone with information about either incident to call Gwinnett County police at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Callers can receive a reward of up to $2,000.