Human remains found in Hueston Woods identified as missing man

Published: Feb. 22, 2023 at 1:21 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 22, 2023 at 1:25 PM EST
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - Human remains that were found near Hueston Woods State Park in December 2022 are confirmed to be a local man that went missing two years ago, according to the Preble County Coroner.

DNA test results came back on Wednesday and confirmed the remains are Michael McKenney’s, a man who has been missing since May of 2020, Fairfield Township Police Sgt. Brandon McCroskey said.

The sergeant says the remains were found “quite a hike” from where McKenney’s car was located back when he disappeared and were actually on private property outside of Hueston Woods.

McCroskey says he hopes McKenney’s family finds peace in confirming that the remains were his.

“I was really hoping and praying it was a mistake... that my baby boy would go before me because he shouldn’t,” McKenney’s mother, Yolanda Middleton, said.

Middleton says Wednesday’s news does bring her a sense of relief.

“Because I know there’s just so many other people missing, and I’m just happy that we are not going to keep wondering as far as where Michael is,” she said.

Police are still investigating, but Sgt. McCroskey says they do not suspect foul play.

Still, Middletown says she still doesn’t feel like she has enough answers.

“In my heart, it’s not right,” she said. “I’m not convinced of things.”

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