Human remains found last week near Belle Haven have been positively identified as an Accomack County man missing since April.
The skeletal remains of Jay’von Malik Bailey, 18, of Temperanceville, who was last seen April 14, 2022, were found by a hunter on Monday, Jan. 9, Accomack County Sheriff Todd Wessells said.
The Norfolk Medical Examiner’s Office made the identification, Wessells said in a prepared release Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Bailey’s disappearance was the subject of an NBC News feature, several regional television reports, and a billboard near Painter that sought information about his disappearance.
Wessells said the hunter discovered the remains and reported them at 12:22 p.m. that day.
When deputies arrived on they scene they found skeletal remains consistent with human features.
The remains were transported to the medical examiner for determination and identification, Wessells said.
According to the NBC News report, Bailey grew up in Temperanceville and is one of four siblings.
“He’s a kind-hearted person,” his mother, Naomi Campbell, told NBC News. “He’s fun to be around.”
Police have searched several areas of the Eastern Shore since Bailey’s disappearance.
An investigation into this incident is ongoing and anyone with information on this or any other incident is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office at 757-787-1131 or 757-824-5666 or tips may be submitted at accomackcountysheriffsoffice.org