Jeremy Joyner's death is being investigated as a homicide, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

PALMETTO — A 37-year-old Manatee County man missing for over a year were found in a field off 16th Street East in Palmetto, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The remains of Jeremy Joyner, which were found last October, were recently identified through DNA.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Randy Warren said the evidence found at the scene indicates Joyner was killed.

"We can tell from what was collected from the scene back on Halloween of last year, and further investigation going to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for DNA identification, that there was the potential for it to be that of a homicide," Warren said. "We can say that with a lot of confidence he was murdered either there — or somewhere else — and then left there."

Joyner was reported missing by his family May 25, 2018, when he failed to show up to take a family member to a doctor's appointment. Three weeks later, on June 11, his vehicle was found abandoned in the 600 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Bradenton. Joyner's personal items were still inside.

The Sheriff's Office, which said his disappearance was suspicious because they did not have evidence of foul play, is now investigating his death as a murder. They did not release information about the manner of his death, citing an ongoing investigation.

The Sheriff's Office and the Gold Star Club of Manatee County is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for Joyner's death. Contact the Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011 or anonymously at Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477 or online at manateecrimestoppers.com.