4:03 PM

A pair of hunters out tracking deer yesterday (11-11-13)  discovered human remains in a wooded area north of Forsyth.

When deputies made contact with the hunters about 7:30 p.m. they took them approximately ¼ mile into a densely wooded area off of Wilderness Road.  "It appears as if the remains have been here for a few years. The area was secured and the scene processed," said Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell.

By noon all the evidence had been collected from the area and the remains were sent to the medical examiners office for testing and dental record comparisons.

That discovery has brought hope to one family who has been missing their loved one for seven years.  On August 6, 2006,  Matthew Needham, 27, of Fredricktown, Mo. was reported missing from this area. He was last seen running into the area of Wilderness Road after the car he was in caught fire on Casey Road. Needham was last seen in the company of two men.

Sheriff Russell is holding out hope that toxicology reports might pinpoint the cause of death on the badly decomposed remains.  He says there are no other reports of missing persons in Taney County at this time.

UPDATE 11-18-13:

Dental records confirm that the remains found are those of Matthew Needham.