LEBANON, Va.—Authorities have identified a body located in April in the Lewis Creek area of Russell County as a Honaker man missing since Jan. 1.

Russell County Sheriff Steve Dye and Buchanan County Sheriff Ray Foster said the body was identified as Jason Matthew Shortt, 35, of Honaker.

The investigation began when the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received a missing persons report in January. Shortt’s vehicle was found in the Lewis Creek area and extensive search efforts were made, Dye and Foster said in a joint news release on Wednesday.

On April 27, Russell County received a call that a body had been located. The man’s body was taken to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke, where the identity was confirmed. Although the complete autopsy has not been completed, Dye and Foster said there is no evidence of foul play.

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