The human remains discovered Sunday in Moore County have been identified as a West End man who was last seen in July.
The death of Jamal Orlando Bostic, 32, is being investigated as a homicide, a Moore County Sheriff’s Office release said Tuesday.
Bostic was identified as a result of an autopsy Monday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh, Chief Deputy Richard Maness said.
The remains were found along Murdocksville Road, between Carthage and West End, by a person riding a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle, Maness said.
Bostic’s whereabouts have been unknown since July, according to media reports.
Bostic was a member of the Pinecrest High School Class of 2007, according to social media posts.
Friends posted memories of Bostic and condolences to his family.
“Just found out that an Angel has left earth, rest in Heaven Jamal Bostic,” one post read. “I could help thinking about that one time you were mad at me, I remember I did or said something and you gave me the look … the look like I knew better. For some reason I just remembered that he seemed to always expect people to be their best person. Jamal you will be missed.”
Another stunned acquaintance posted this offering:
“I can’t believe it was you! R.I.P Jamal Bostic Gone way to soon but will never be forgotten! Praying for your precious family!”
Yet another classmate offered these regards:
“Jamal Bostic I’ll never forget about you Jamal. I am so sorry this happened to you. I thought about you every day and I will always forever.”