Human remains found in Montevallo identified as missing UM student

Human remains found in Montevallo identified as missing UM student

MONTEVALLO, AL (WBRC) - Human remains found in a wooded area in Montevallo on Dec. 22, 2015 have been positively identified as a University of Montevallo student who had been missing since 2011.

Police said the remains were identified as Robert "Bobby" Mitchell Hardin. Foul play is not suspected in his death, according to Montevallo Police Chief Jeremy Littleton.

Hardin's remains were found in the woods between Salem Road and the University of Montevallo campus. Hardin, 25, was reported missing from his home on Corvette Way on March 7, 2011. He was last seen walking on Overland Road toward Highway 119.

"Searches were conducted for Mr. Hardin but he was not located. This has been a very long and difficult process for the friends and family of Mr. Hardin and we want to offer our condolences and prayers to them," Chief Littleton said in a statement on Monday.

The University of Montevallo issued the following release on Monday:

"The University of Montevallo expresses our condolences to the family of our student, Robert Mitchell "Bobby" Hardin Jr. We are sad to learn the remains found in a wooded area off campus on December 22 were positively identified as Bobby's.

Montevallo police evidence technicians and the Shelby County Coroner's Office processed the scene after the remains were found. The police chief said the case is now closed.

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