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Investigators identify remains found by hunters in December
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab determined the skeletal remains found in December by two deer hunters in Flowery Branch belong to a man who has been missing for nearly two years, according to authorities.

Two deer hunters discovered human skeletal remains Thursday, Dec. 12, in Flowery Branch.

Investigators found no signs of foul play.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators were called out around 1:15 p.m. that day to the intersection of Trudy Drive and Lights Ferry Road.

The Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday, Feb. 26, that the crime lab identified the remains as Johnny Edgar Vickers, 42, of Flowery Branch, who was missing since March 5, 2018. Deputies took the missing person report on Vickers April 9, 2018.

Investigators have notified Vickers’ family.

“During the ensuing investigation, detectives followed several leads in the case but found no sign of Vickers,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. “Because of the condition of the remains, the crime lab was unable to determine the cause of death.”

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