OXFORD, N.C. (WNCN) — The Granville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after deputies said a body was found along a road Thursday afternoon.

At about 3 p.m., deputies said they were called to Cornwall Road in reference to a litter pick-up crew finding what appeared to be a human body.

When they arrived, they said they found the remains of a white male.

Based on the state and condition of the body, the SBI was requested to assist in processing the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators said the body may have been at the location for a long period of time based on its condition.

They said there was no identification found in the area, however, there were visible tattoos still present they believe will help identify the person.

The sheriff’s office did not provide a photo of the tattoos.

The Granville County Sheriff’s Office identified the body as Jonathon burrows. Deputies said he had been missing since September 21, 2022.

“I would like to thank the men and women of the GCSO, the SBI and the Granville County Medical Examiner for their due diligence in bringing his family the closure they are due,” said Sheriff Robert Fountain.