They say they have no active missing person cases in the area, about 115 miles west of Asheville, and evidence at the scene showed the man had been deceased for a while, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
The remains have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office, according to the sheriff’s office.
"Preliminary analysis indicates that the victim is a taller male that could be up to 50 years of age," the sheriff said in a statement.
Police found some of his personal effects near the 6200 block of Brasstown Road in Murphy. Items included eyeglasses, a watch, and a digital camera that contained several photos. They are hoping the public can use those details to help identify the man.
There are several Bic lighters, a red tactical flashlight, a set of silverware and a steel watch with gold-colored trim, among other items.
Photos from the camera show a wooded campsite with clothes hung out to dry, a photo of a landscape panting on canvas, and old barn and the front door of a camper.
There are also tortoiseshell eyeglasses and a pair of reading glasses in a black and gold case.
Anyone who recognizes the items or pictures is asked to call the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 835-3144.
The sheriff's office could not immediately be reached for comment Monday night.