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Missing Man's Remains Found

Find Sam Davis

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police believe the remains have been found of a 26-year-old Charlotte man missing since last July.

CMPD says a 911 caller reported the discovery Thursday afternoon in a wooded area off Hucks Road in north Charlotte. Police say they are awaiting positive identification, but they believe they are the remains of Sam Davis, who was reported missing in the area last July 3.

There were no visible signs of how the person died, and an autopsy is planned.

Police say a teacher at nearby Croft Community Elementary School made the discovery after chasing a ball into the woods, but no children saw the remains.

In a post on Facebook, his mother, Carol Mejia, said the family was saddened.

"Thirty-three weeks ago today Sam disappeared into thin air. Yesterday he was found and not in the way we were all hoping and praying for. But for the first time in eight months, I now know where he is. He isn't in danger and he isn't sad. We are broke(n) and we are hurting.   The identification still has to be made official but we are more than certain it is Sam. I will post more information as it becomes available. Thank you #samsarmy for walking this difficult road with me. I love you, Sam. ~ Sam's mum"

David Boraks is a veteran journalist who covers climate change for WFAE. See more at www.wfae.org/climate-news. He also has covered housing and homelessness, energy and the environment, transportation and business.