Human remains were found Monday in a well outside Atlanta, reported.

Police confirmed the remains were initially identified as those of Charles Stephen Parker, a 25-year-old Bank of America employee who went missing in January.

The Atlanta Crime Lab is now carrying out an autopsy to confirm the identity and determine the cause and date of death.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was alerted to the remains at lunchtime Monday in a well in Oglethorpe County, north-east Georgia, about 20 miles from Atlanta.

Police were initially alerted to the remains in the Sandy Cross community after a man walking in an abandoned property reported a bad smell coming from the well, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said. He told the newspaper he thought he saw a boot or a shoe when he looked inside.

Investigators had traced the last location of the cell phone that belonged to Parker about five miles away from where the body was found, The Walton Tribune reported.

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