Knight: "We Have a Positive I.D."

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Newton County authorities have identified a set of human remains found two weeks ago, near a pond in the Stratton community.

The remains were identified as Stephen Ebersol of Safford, Arizona.

Ebersol had been missing for nearly six years. A gun and two spent shells were also found near the remains.

Authorities are awaiting an autopsy report to determine the cause of death.

Sheriff Jackie Knight said if the autopsy reveals Ebersol was murdered, two suspects in Arizona will be charged in the death and returned to Newton County to face prosecution.

An investigation in Arizona produced information that was passed on to Newton County authorities last summer.