Early Friday, the Carter County Sheriff’s department responded to a call from area construction workers about human remains found near their work site.
The CCSD identified the body of Justin Wayne Ned, 26, of Springer, who had been missing since New Year's Day.
According to the CCSD, Ned was last seen in the area of Paul Street in Springer on Jan. 1 between 4 and 5 a.m. Ned was reportedly riding in a car with his sister and a male friend. He then allegedly exited the car and began walking north on Paul Street.
Sheriff Chris Bryant said Ned was found near the area where he initially went missing.
Bryant said the investigation was still ongoing, adding that the deceased showed no signs of trauma, but wouldn’t rule anything out until he received a final report from the Oklahoma Medical Examiners Office.
Bryant said his department was notified about 2-3 weeks after Ned went missing.
“We exhausted every effort, followed every lead we had,” Bryant said. The search also included a drone.
The night Ned went missing, area temperatures  dipped close to single digits and remained below freezing during a cold snap that enveloped the area for several days.
Bryant was unable to comment on potential cause of death, but offered his condolences to the family.
“At a time like this, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” Bryant said.