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Investigators locate remains of man missing since Christmas 2011

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William Thomas "Tommy" Embree, Jr. (Source: Lexington County Detention Center) William Thomas "Tommy" Embree, Jr. (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
Jamey Charles Mallette (Source: Lexington County Detention Center) Jamey Charles Mallette (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)

The remains of a man who has been missing since 2011 has been located near a home on Busbee Road in Lexington County, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Michael Jody George, 22, was reported missing on Dec. 25, 2011 after family members discovered his Nissan parked on Beckman Road.

Lexington County detectives received a tip that George's body was buried in a hole in a wooded area near Busbee Road near Gaston. George was last seen at that location.

Investigators recovered remains in the wooded area back on Dec. 16. On Monday, the Coroner's Office confirmed the identity of the remains as belonging to Michael George.

The Coroner's Office has not determined the cause of death.

Finding George's remains puts an end to the latest chapter in his disappearance. In the past two years, three people have been arrested and charged in the investigation.

Investigators linked 24-year-old William Thomas Embree, Jr. to the disappearance first. He was charged with kidnapping and murder back in December 2012.

Months later, deputies arrested 36-year-old Jamey Charles Mallette and also charged him with kidnapping and murder.

Arrest warrants allege Mallette and Embree kidnapped George from a Cayce bar and took him to Mallette's home on Busbee Road.

Investigators have not precisely said what happened at Mallette's home, but detectives recovered evidence at Mallette's home that contained blood and DNA linked to George.

A third person, 33-year-old Rachel Rae Fremion, was charged with helping clean up what an incident report referred to as a "bloody mess" at Mallette's home.

Metts says finding George's remains strengthens the case against Mallette and Embree.

"So to have that concludes the fact we know what happened to Michael George and we know now definitely that the charges we brought are from good evidence -- from the blood and the DNA from the home of Mallette -- certainly confirms the fact that they killed him as we originally thought when we charged them," said Metts.

George's parents, Gary and Helen George, say this is not the outcome they wanted because they've always held out hope their son might be found alive.

Helen and Gary still don't know all the details that led investigators to find their son. They say right now it's not important to know those details, and expect they'll learn that information when the case comes to court. They say they're not pressing investigators for too much information because they want to see justice served. Still, they say it was hard to get the news and after searching for two years. It's something that's taking them some time to process.

"Now I'm at a point where he is home and his mother can get to him, and once we get through the process of final arrangements then I'll take my time and deal with the feelings I have," said Gary.

The family spent some time Sunday where Michael's car was found on Beckman Road. They say that sight has a different feeling now, knowing he's not there. They just purchased a new sign to mark the spot just two days before getting the call from the Sheriff's Department.

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