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Human remains found near Geico in Stafford identified
BY KEITH EPPS
The human remains found behind the GEICO building off U.S. 17 a week ago have been identified as a Stafford County man who had been missing for more than a year and a half.
Timothy R. Wait’s death was not the result of foul play, Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said Monday. Kennedy said he was not at liberty to say what Wait’s cause of death was or even if police knew it.
Kennedy said the 45-year-old Wait left his home on May 10, 2011, following an argument with his wife.
She reported him missing two days later and Kennedy said police have followed up on numerous leads over the past 18 months as part of an extensive effort to find Wait. He had last been seen walking in the area of the Mine Road commuter lot in North Stafford.
But he remained missing until the afternoon of Dec. 31, when two juveniles stumbled upon decomposed remains in the woods behind the GEICO building in southern Stafford.
The remains were taken to the chief medical examiner’s office in Richmond for an autopsy and Wait was identified.
It was the second time in less than five months that someone who had been dead for an extended period had been found in Stafford woods. The last victim, identified as Katherine Bryant of Washington, was 33 when her family reported her missing in 2006.
Her remains were discovered Aug. 16 by a trucker who stopped on the off-ramp leading from Interstate 95 to Courthouse Road to urinate in the woods. Police have labeled her death as suspicious, but no recent developments have been announced.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404