TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state believe they've found the remains of a man they say was beaten to death with frying pans in 2013, and the man charged with the killing is expected to plead guilty.

Pierce County prosecutor's spokeswoman Heather Songer says Michael Breer is expected to plead guilty to second-degree murder Thursday, the day his trial was set to begin. He's accused of killing 18-year-old Justin Morris.

Breer's lawyer, Leslie Tolzin, confirmed Breer is expected to plead guilty but declined to comment further.

Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says Breer led authorities to the bones in a wooded area Tuesday. Authorities are still awaiting positive identification but believe the remains belong to Morris.

Breer was charged in July 2013 with first-degree murder, even though no body was found at the time. Prosecutors allege he beat Morris with frying pans.

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This story has been updated to correct the spelling of lawyer's name to Tolzin, not Tozlin.