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Skeletal Remains Found Near Kalamazoo River

Police say skeletal remains found near the Kalamazoo River in southwest Michigan belong to an Augusta man who has been missing for more than four years.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff officials say an autopsy of the remains found Sept. 21 in a swampy area in Ross Township determined they belonged to 51-year-old Timothy Gail Butler-Lyons, who walked away from his home on May 23, 2006.

Undersheriff Pali Matyas said foul play is not suspected. The cause of death remains under investigation.

The Kalamazoo Gazette and WWMT-TV say a Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment officer conducting tests along the river found the remains, less than a half mile from the victim's home.

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