The body found last week near Pen Mar has been identified as an area man last seen by his family more than 20 years ago, the Maryland State Police announced Thursday.
According to police, an identification card belonging to Charles Calvin Lessner, who had lived in Cascade, Frederick, Md., and Thurmont, Md., was found among the remains discovered July 7 by two hikers.
An archaeologist was taken to the scene at Grey Rock Road near the Appalachian Trail. The bones were removed and taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, police said.
Family members told investigators they had not had contact with Lessner since the early 1980s, police said.
"It is apparent this death occurred quite some time ago," a press release states.
Lessner, who was known by his friends as "Chuck," served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and had a black belt in karate, police said.