Keith A. Anderson vanished Jan. 6, 2010, and was reported missing by his family after he failed to return from a short trip to Snohomish County. The retired high school counselor was last seen in the Sultan area.
His disappearance was especially troubling to family members because he had never before spent a night away from his wife in 43 years of marriage.
Anderson's cell phone was found in a mud puddle near his house, and his white canopy-topped 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck was found about two weeks later, stuck on a logging road in a remote area of Skagit County about 20 miles northwest of Darrington.
The area was searched extensively at the time of Anderson's disappearance, but search-and-rescue teams never found a trace of him.
Then, last Saturday, a hiker reported finding human remains about a mile from the spot where Anderson's truck had been found.
Sheriff's deputies brought in cadaver dogs to search the area and were able to recover enough remains for the King County Medical Examiner to make the identification on Tuesday.
An announcement about the discovery of Anderson's remains was delayed until all members of his family had been notified.
Anderson's son, Jake Anderson, is known to many TV viewers as a deck hand on the Seattle-based crab fishing vessel Northwestern, captained by local Sig Hansen, featured on the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" series.