(SALEM, IL) — The Marion County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a badly decomposed body discovered in a wooded area near the intersection of Interstate 57 and IL Route 161 on Sunday afternoon. The skeletonized remains were discovered pursuant to a search effort with several K-9 units of a regional search and rescue group, organized and summoned at the request of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Coroner Troy Cannon was summoned to the scene and determined the remains as human and initiated an investigation at 2:46 p.m. The remains are tentatively identified as 38-year-old Cameron Garden, of Salem. Garden went missing following a traffic accident in March of this year, after which he fled on foot. An autopsy is planned for Monday to conclusively identify the remains and to determine a cause of death. The Rogers/Atkins Funeral Home in Salem is assisting the family with arrangements.

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