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UPDATE: Remains likely of man never reported missing

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ANTIGO (WAOW) – The badly decomposed remains found near Antigo are believed to be those of a 77-year-old man who nobody was looking for and who was last seen in February, Langlade County Coroner Larry Shadick said Monday.

It could be weeks before the remains are positively identified with dental records, Shadick said.

The remains were found Thursday.

Shadick said there was evidence found near the remains to strongly suggest they are those of a man who moved to Antigo in 2008 but was mostly a loner – a credit card with his name, same hair color, a bicycle nearby that he was known to ride.

A check of area dentists uncovered none that reported the man had been a patient so there has been no way to positively identify him that way, Shadick said.

It's believed the man, who lived for many years in Milwaukee and had anti-government views, may have gotten confused, rode his bicycle about a mile from where he lived and died from exposure to the cold in February, Shadick said.

A man going to check his deer stand saw the bicycle and discovered the remains, the coroner said.

This guy just didn't have a network of friends that we can find,” Shadick said. “Nobody was tipped off that he was a missing person. Nobody was looking for him.”

The owner of the room where the 77-year-old man had last lived thought the man had simply left the area, Shadick said.

The owner threw away what was in the room.

We got nothing. We got a credit card,” Shadick said.

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The Langlade County Coroner believes he knows the identity of the body that was found Thursday in the Town of Ackley, west of Antigo.

Coroner Larry Shadick says he's confident the remains are of a 77-year-old Antigo man who has been missing since February.

Shadick says identification found with the remains leads him to that conclusion.

He says there are no signs of foul play, and that he likely wandered into a wooded area, where he died of exposure to the elements.

Shadick says due to the decomposition of the body, the remains have yet to be positively identified.

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Authorities in Langlade County are investigating a death. According to the sheriff's department, a body was found Thursday in a wooded area just west of Antigo.

As sheriff's officers search for answers, neighbors wonder how this could have happened in their tight-knit community.

"There was just such a commotion going on," said neighbor Renae Thomae. "To think that could get happen while we were living in our house."

Authorities say Thursday afternoon two men were walking through the woods in the Town of Ackley. They saw what they thought was a body. When deputies arrived, they say human remains were found.

Sheriff's officials aren't releasing many details. But they do say evidence at the scene did not match the description of any missing people from the area.

Thomae lives just a few miles from where the body was found.

"It's really scary, we just had no idea what was going on."

Thomae says a lot people frequent the area.

"It's just a family type place. It has always felt safe and now you just kind of wonder what can go on anywhere, anything can go on anywhere," said Thomae.

An autopsy was scheduled for today in Madison. But authorities say those results won't be available until next week.

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