‘This wasn’t Josh’: Loved ones react to ID of remains found in South Fairmount

‘I’m glad that we found him, but it’s a big disappointment’

Human remains identified

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Skeletal remains found behind a home in a wooded area in South Fairmont have been identified as 67-year-old Gary Boyd.

The family of Joshua Wright, who has been missing for more than a year, were out searching for their loved one when they found Boyd’s remains.

Shannon Morris is like a sister to Wright. She was out with the family during their search on Feb. 2 behind a home on the 1600 block of Lionel Avenue.

"We get this tip that he's possibly here and we search for two hours and we walk through the yard and we see a skull," said Morris.

On Monday, Wright’s family learned through police that the man found was Boyd. FOX19 was not able to locate Boyd’s family but police say that he was never reported missing. Though Boyd’s cause of death hasn’t been released the homicide unit is now investigating.

“This man was somebody’s father, somebody’s grandpa and I’m glad that we found him, but it’s a big disappointment that this wasn’t Josh," Morris said.

The family doesn’t know Boyd, but that Wright had friends near the house where Boyd was found and would visit there often.

“His truck was found a few blocks from here. The tip led us here so it was like a puzzle was going together,” said Morris.

However, several pieces to that puzzle still do not fit. Morris believes someone knows what happened to Wright and where he is.

“We’re back to ground zero. We have to start over. It’s a lot of unanswered questions. Right now we feel like someone is playing a game with us," Morris said.

But the family isn't giving up.

“Josh deserves closure. His kids deserve closure. The whole family is a mess,” said Morris.

They are planning to continue their search for Wright until he’s found. The family says they are planning to do another search through the wooded area on Lionel Avenue hoping that they will find something that leads them to Wright.

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