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Authorities identify human remains found west of Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that authorities have identified the skeletal remains found March 13 in the woods north of Cortez Boulevard and east of Sunshine Grove Road as those of Brian Adam Gilley, 21, who was reported missing by his family in early January.

A preliminary investigation by the Medical Examiner's Office indicated that Gilley took his own life.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Gilley was last reported seen on foot near Brookridge on Jan. 13. The department issued a bulletin on Jan. 23 with his photo and offered a reward through Crime Stoppers.

In the ensuing weeks, sheriff's detectives followed up on numerous leads in an attempt to locate Gilley, whom they described as a transient. In addition, friends and family members posted messages on missing persons Internet blogs and websites in the hope of locating him.

Authorities were called to the scene west of Brooksville last week after a receiving a tip that human remains had been found by passersby about 100 yards from the road, behind Capital Cities Bank on Cortez Boulevard.

Authorities identify human remains found west of Brooksville 03/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 8:06pm]
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