Body identified as missing Coeburn man

The Wise County Sheriff's Office says the human remains found Sunday in Wise County have been identified as a Coeburn man reported missing since early August.

Hikers in the Guest River Gorge Scenic Trail in Jefferson National Forest outside Coeburn discovered the body Sunday about a mile and a half from the trailhead on the river side of the trail Sunday afternoon.

The remains were taken to the state medical examiners office in Roanoke to determine identification and cause of death if possible.

The medical examiner positively identified the person as 24-year old Cody Allen Deel of Coeburn who had been reported missing to the Coeburn Police Department on Aug. 10.

The cause of death is unknown and still under investigation. The WCSO is asking the public to contact Lt. Tim Wagner at 276-328-3566 or by email at with any information relevant to the incident, or email the WCSO tip line at

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