Skeletal remains found near Music Mountain Drive identified

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Human skeletal remains found near Teaster Lane and Music Mountain Drive in Pigeon Forge on September 5 have been identified.

A positive identification of the remains was made by the Regional Forensic Center based on bone pattern in dental radiographs from the UT Forensics Center.

The City of Pigeon Forge identified the remains as Timothy C. Porter, 44, based on his ID card and Social Security Card found at the scene. Officials said Porter was not a resident of Pigeon Forge, but had stayed in the area while working construction.

Porter was last seen in December of 2015. His family was notified and located in Alabama by investigators working the case with the Pigeon Forge Police Department, Sevierville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators said no skeletal evidence or significant recent trauma was discovered.

The cause of Porter's death is undetermined at this time.

Anyone with information about Porter is asked to call Detective Ralph Carr at 865-453-9063.