TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - The skeletal remains found in the Talladega National Forest have been identified as those of a Sylacauga man who has been missing for more than three years and who died of a gunshot.

Clay County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Cotney said Tuesday the remains found on Nov. 27 are those of Howard Loyd Byrd.

Byrd was last seen on July 29, 2005, leaving his business, Bama Golf Carts, according to published reports. He was 61 when he was reported missing.

Cotney said the state Department of Forensic Sciences determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound. The sheriff's department is investigating the case as a homicide.

Cotney said investigators have no suspects at this time.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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