Human remains discovered in Wyandotte by a hunter have been linked to a missing person case out of Vinita from March 2000.

MIAMI — The skeletal remains found by a hunter in a remote field near Wyandotte in 2015 have been identified as those of a Vinita man who had been missing more than 17 years.

Robert Daymon Barton, 51, was reported missing after family members last saw him on March 4, 2000, according to the North American Missing Persons Network. His 1990 maroon Oldsmobile was discovered in a wooded area in the southeast corner of Ottawa County, the organization reported.

The cause of death is unknown, and the manner of death is undetermined, according to an autopsy report from the state Medical Examiner’s Office. Due to the effects of decomposition, “the possibility of additional trauma and or natural disease cannot be excluded,” it says.

The Craig County Sheriff’s office said the investigation into Barton’s disappearance remains open.