The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office has identified the body found in the woods off North College Road near Castle Hayne Road Tuesday afternoon.
The body was identified as Murray Henderson. A Silver Alert had been issued for Henderson in March.
The 62-year-old was last seen on Robin Hood Road in Wilmington.
Officers with the Wilmington Police Department said he appeared to have died of natural causes.
A truck driver who was working on his truck on the side of the road walked to the tree line to use the bathroom when he discovered Henderson's body, which was badly decomposed, according to Lt. Brewer of the NHCSO.
A police officer called dispatch to inform them of what was going on.
Officer: He is a mechanic driving a black one ton service truck and he is on the side of the road working on a tractor trailer. The tractor trailer is cream in color and should have an aluminum box trailer.
Officer: Here's the interesting part..Mr. Woody told me he is there on the..if you're on 132 traveling north toward Burgaw..on the old section of the road by the traffic circle, that's more of an access road now, he's on the side of the road assisting the driver of the mechanic truck that broke down. He stepped into the woods a little bit.
Officer: He says saw what he thinks to be the shape of a body.
Officer: He asked me if he should go back in there and I told him you know wait for a deputy to respond that I would be calling our dispatch immediately and I would forward the information to our deputy. He is there working on the truck so he will be there to show the deputy where to go and what he saw.
Dr. A. Midori Albert, a forensic anthropologist and professor from UNCW, was called to the scene, who determined the body was that of a white male.
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