Human remains found on the morning of Tuesday, February 27 have been confirmed as those of Rodney Darwin Cherry, who had been missing since Saturday, November 11.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the identity of the remains on Monday. The remains had been shipped to the Arkansas Crime Lab for DNA analysis.
Reed Funeral Home of Magnolia also posted on Monday a pending funeral notice for Cherry.
Loe told magnoliareporter.com that he had no information on Cherry’s cause of death.
The remains were found in a wooded area off County Road 68, commonly known as Cowboy Road. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Magnolia Police Department, went to the scene.
Items found at the location indicate that the remains may have been those of Cherry, but DNA testing was required for an official determination.
Loe said at the time that a man cruising for timber made the discovery of human remains and notified Columbia County Central Dispatch.
The location was east of Cherry’s home in the Greers Chapel community, northeast of Magnolia.
A security camera showed Cherry leaving his home about 3 p.m. Saturday, November 11. A search began after Cherry failed to show up at a family event.
An active search was conducted for several days. Loe said at a press conference on November 20 that a specialized search dog picked up Cherry’s scent and tracked it to the intersection of County Road 47 and County Road 68. But there, the trail disappeared. The scent was lost southeast of Logoly State Park, and about 1 ¼ miles northeast of Cherry’s home on County Road 511.
Cherry, 51, operated a home inspection business.