MIAMI - On Monday, Oct. 3, Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd identified remains found in July are those of a missing Wyandotte man.
In a written release, Floyd said the remains, found off Highway 10 south of Wyandotte belonged to 25-year-old Clifford Eli Moss.
He said officials with the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Moss' identity on Friday, Sept. 29, after tests were conducted on the DNA evidence from the bones collected and through dental records.
"At this point, the sheriff’s office has upgraded this case from a missing person to a homicide," Floyd said in his release.
Moss was last seen at approximately 2 p.m., Friday, June 30 walking south of the Wyandotte area near Sycamore Bridge on Highway 10.
Floyd said no additional information was available, as the case remains open and ongoing through a joint investigation by officials from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and the Ottawa County District Attorney’s Office.
Floyd confirmed the discovery of a human skull the morning of Friday, July 14 in the Sycamore Valley area outside of Wyandotte in Ottawa County.
The address of the location was not released due to the ongoing investigation. The property owners called authorities after a visitor found a skull and what was presumed to be a leg bone in the driveway.
“The Sheriff's Office investigators and myself arrived to find what appeared to be a human skull,” Floyd said in a July press release. “The ME's (Medical Examiners) Office was called, and they responded and recovered the skull as evidence and confirmed the skull to be human.”
The leg bone was later identified as a cow bone.
Additional searches were conducted throughout the area on July 14 and continued through the weekend and the following week with the help of cadaver dogs, ATVs, and 12 members of the Oklahoma Emergency Response Team combing the area for additional evidence.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also assisted with flyover searches to look for additional clues and help guide on the ground searchers and investigators.
Floyd reported that was believed to be a hip bone was discovered that Sunday.
The searches the following Monday through Wednesday did not yield any further remains.
Associate Editor Melinda Stotts contributed to this report.