LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Radcliff Police has confirmed that a dead man found Thursday in a wooded area off Andra Drive is 28-year-old Stevin Yates, who was reported missing on Sept. 15.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office asked for the public's help to find Yates after his family reported he was missing. On Thursday, Hardin County Chief Deputy David Lee said a body was discovered by a hunter walking in the woods.
Police in Radcliff identified the body on Friday and confirmed it was Yates.
Investigators say this is currently considered a death investigation. They cannot say if evidence of foul play has been discovered.
"It's sad for the family members," Radcliff Police Chief Jeff Cross said. "We'll do the best we can to try to get to the bottom of it and see what happened here."
On Friday, police were still waiting for the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death to help piece together what happened.
Family members believe someone out there has information that could help police solve the case.
"He didn't have to lay somewhere for so long," said Chastity Dupin said, Yates' cousin. "We can't even have a proper burial for him because of the outcome of finding him and where he was found and how long he had been there, and no one deserves that."
The family is asking anything who might know something to come forward.
"It's hard to just accept that he was found somewhere," Dupin said. "And why was he there, you know? Who was he with? There's a lot of questions left unanswered."
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