Human remains identified as man missing since October

Jan. 29—Human remains discovered in the crawl space below a Clyde duplex on Friday have been identified as a man who was reported missing in October.

The case is currently under investigation by the Haywood County Sheriff's Office. There was been no determination yet on whether foul play is suspected.

Joshua Lee Wayne Seagraves, 26, had been the subject of a missing person investigation since October.

The remains were discovered by a maintenance worker on Friday, Jan. 26, in the crawl space of a duplex on James Street in Clyde. The maintenance worker had detected a foul smell and began searching for its source. The maintenance worker checked the crawl space and came across the remains.

The maintenance worker called the sheriff's office about the discovery shortly before 1 p.m. on Friday. After obtaining a search warrant, detectives located the remains. They were not positively identified until Monday.

Seagraves was previously reported missing on Oct. 14 and had been last seen in the vicinity of the duplex around James Street and Old Clyde Road.

"No further details can be released at this time as this investigation remains open and on-going while detectives continue to gather evidence and details surrounding this incident," according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

The press release stated that the situation is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community.

"The Haywood County Sheriff's Office offers our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time," the press release said.

Those with information about the incident, can contact the sheriff's office at 828-452-6600.