The Barry County Sheriff says the body found south of Jenkins last month has been identified as Ronald Jessup Brightwell from Springfield.
He was 35.
Brightwell had been missing since 2012.
Authorities are trying to contact anyone who might have communicated with him before he disappeared.
The Monett Times reports the remains weren’t identified until a woman told the sheriff’s office the jewelry belonged to her half-brother.
Authorities aren’t sure if foul play is involved.
But they say Brightwell had spent some time with people known for illegal activities.
If you have any information, call the Barry County Sheriff’s Office at 417-847-6556.