DIANA, N.Y. — The family of a man who disappeared in northern New York earlier this year says his remains have been found in a heavily wooded area.

Relatives of Kenneth McCall tell WWNY-TV in Watertown that state forest rangers told them that the remains discovered Tuesday in the Lewis County town of Diana are those of the 24-year-old Cortland County resident.

Authorities say McCall and his girlfriend were walking on a road in the northwestern Adirondacks early on the morning of June 13 when they split up. She was later picked up by a passing motorist but McCall couldn’t be found despite search efforts.

A backpack belonging to McCall was found Monday, prompting Tuesday’s search. The backpack contained his wallet, identification and glasses.

McCall was from nearby Lowville but had moved to Cortland.

Information from: WWNY-TV, http://www.wwnytv.com

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