Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 23, 2012

Human remains located near missing man’s home

HOLLYWOOD — Human remains were found near the home of a missing Monroe County man, according to the Union detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

Although the remains have not been positively identified, police are speculating they are the remains of Harry Alfriend.

Alfriend, 56, has been missing since July 10, when he was last seen at his home on Ellery Lloyd Road in Hollywood.

Police previously reported they do not believe foul play was involved because his car, wallet and other belongings were found undisturbed at his home.

His family told police that Alfriend was a cancer patient, had Type 1 diabetes and was insulin-dependent.

Cpl. S.S. Keaton said the Lindside and Union Volunteer Fire Departments conducted another search of the grounds Sunday afternoon near Alfriend’s property and found human remains within 100 yards of his cabin.

Keaton said the evidence is indicating that these are Alfriend’s remains “because of the proximity to the house and the decomposition of the body in relation to the amount of time he has been missing.”

The remains are being sent to the state medical examiner’s office for official identification. Keaton said dental records and DNA samples will also be obtained to make a positive identification.

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