CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Investigators said they cannot determine the cause of death of a 19-year-old Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man because of the advanced decomposition of the victim's body when it was found on Blue Ridge Mountain in Loudoun County, Va., last April.
Cheeks' skeletal remains were found about 300 feet off the Appalachian Trail near the West Virginia/Virginia stateline on April 23.
Although Cheeks' cause of death cannot be determined, police are investigating his death as a homicide
Cheeks' remains were the first of three bodies that were found within a roughly half-mile area of Blue Ridge Mountain between April 23 and early June, police said.
In early June, human bones found off a dirt road about a half-mile into Virginia from the West Virginia line were determined to be those of Susan Capino, who had been missing since 1997, police said.
Police found Capino's remains while they were doing follow-up investigation work at a house along the dirt road where a man had been found dead earlier with a gunshot wound to the head, said Capt. Randy Bandura of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Department.
Patrick Blair Hornbaker, 32, was found dead in the house May 21, Bandura said.
Despite the fact the three bodies were found close together and within a short period of time, police have said they do not believe the three cases are connected.