UPDATE: Monday, January 21, 2013
the Cowley County Sheriff' has confirmed the human remains found last week in a field outside of Winfield belong to 37 year-old Corbin Wilt.
Sheriff Don Read said dental records were used to identify the remains. They were found in an area where authorities had searched last year shortly after Wilt's disappearance.
Authorities were drawn to the area originally after Wilt's cell phone pinged to the location near 65th between 156th and 162nd Street. The sheriff's office does not suspect foul play is involved in Wilt's death.
UPDATE: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Investigators in Cowley County say human remains have been discovered northwest of Winfield.
The Cowley County Sheriff says the remains were first discovered Friday morning in an area near 65th between 156th and 162nd. Neighbors say a local family's pet made the initial find.
The Sheriff's department, along with the Winfield Police Department, the KBI and a search dog were called to the scene to investigate.
The Sheriff's Office declined to comment on the possible identity of the person whose remains were found.
People who live in the area say they fear the remains could be those of Corbin Wilt, 37, who disappeared from Winfield in May 2012.
They say soon after Wilt's disappearance, police searched an area very close by to where the remains were found Friday morning. KAKE News reported in May 2012, police conducted that search because they detected Wilt's cell phone in the area.
The remains are now undergoing forensic tests to try to determine who they belong to and where they came from, the Cowley County Sheriff's Office said. No further information has been released.