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Wallace Anderson (PHOTO: National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior)

LURAY, Va. — Human remains found in Shenandoah National Park Saturday were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas for positive identification.

A preliminary identified on the remains indicated they were those of missing hiker Wallace Anderson.

The 80-year-old hiker, who lives near the park, was reported missing April 30.

“The body of a male was discovered by searchers about 3:30 p.m. about a mile from Mr. Anderson’s residence in steep, terrain with heavy undergrowth,” a Shenandoah National Park spokesperson said. “Anderson, an avid hiker, lived alone and often explored the forest and the Shenandoah National Park area around his home.”

More than 400 trained responders participated in the search for Anderson.

“We are grateful for the dedication of those who devoted their time not only to this incident, but also to the rigorous training that prepares them for situations such as these,” Shenandoah Chief Ranger and Incident Commander Brian Sikes said.

The Anderson family said they were grateful for all the “hard work of the volunteers, law enforcement, and the Sperryville community and neighbors.”