HILO, Hawaii (WWJ/AP) – Police in Hawaii have identified human remains found in a remote area of Mauna Kea volcano as belonging to a metro Detroit man reported missing nearly six years ago.

Police said Thursday they used dental records to identify Brian Patrick Murphy. His remains were found last week about 12,000 feet above sea level.

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The 67-year-old from Plymouth, Mich. went missing on Dec. 5. 2007.

According to police, Murphy had told a Mauna Kea visitors center employee that he wanted to hike to the summit of the volcano, which rises 13,796 feet.

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A few hours later, the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the summit. Later than night, a friend reported the father of two and grandfather of five missing.

Police used dental records to identify Brian Murphy, who went missing in December 2007. He was hoping to reach the top of Mauna Kea. Hours later a blizzard warning was issued for the summit, and later that night a friend reported Murphy missing.

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