Remains Found Near Where Lewis County Man Went Missing

Remains Found Near Where Lewis County Man Went Missing

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The remains of a Lewis County man who went missing five months ago were found Tuesday morning a few miles from where he was last seen.

Twenty-four year old Kenneth McCall was last seen walking with his girlfriend on Tidd Road in the town of Diana around 4 a.m. on June 13.

A state forest ranger commander told 7 News reporter Natalie Kucko, who was on the scene, that the remains were found in a heavily wooded area near Aldrich Settlement Road and Nelson Road in the town of Diana.

That's almost three miles from where he was last seen.

"Fairly quickly, we found some other evidence. More belongings of Mr. McCall. Ultimately this morning, we've located some remains, which we believe to be Mr. McCall's," said Robert Cavanagh, DEC forest ranger captain.

Forest rangers told McCall's family members that the remains are the missing man's.

"We're glad that we have him to bring home and give him a decent burial. We appreciate everyone that helped support us to get the word out to try to find him," said AJ McCall, Kenneth's father.

An autopsy will be performed to positively identify the remains. Until then, the Lewis County sheriff's department isn't confirming the remains are McCall's

McCall's father tells Kucko that he is frustrated with authorities, who he thinks gave up searching for his son too quickly.

"I questioned the sheriff's department, why they weren't searching up here, and they didn't think he could've gotten this far, but they weren't accurate on their timeline," he said.

"I believe the family has the right to be upset. They lost a child; of course that hurts for anyone. So I understand their feelings," said Mike Carpinelli, sheriff:

The forest ranger commander said a backpack belonging to McCall was found Monday, prompting a three-hour search Tuesday that ended when the body was found.

Inside the backpack were McCall's wallet, ID and glasses.

McCall's girlfriend was found alone by a passing motorist the morning he went missing. Sheriff Mike Carpinelli said at the time that she was under the influence of a substance.

Authorities said McCall was from Lowville, but was visiting from Cortland, where he had been living.

His girlfriend told officials her feet hurt, so she stopped walking and McCall left her to find water.

Officials and volunteers searched the area for days after he went missing. Family members and volunteers continued the search for weeks after that.

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