RCMP have released the name of the man found dead in a wooded area in Stratford this spring.

John Stephen Ward, 60, of Charlottetown was reported missing last December. 

Friends put up posters around Charlottetown appealing for help. They also posted ads on Kijiji, a popular online site.

Ward's body was found in May.

Foul play has been ruled out. The P.E.I. Coroner's Office has determined that he died of exposure.

The RCMP said it took three months to confirm the identity because it took time to complete medical tests and notify Ward's family.