Facial Reconstruction Hopes To Identify 1989 Murder Victim

  • 4/19/2017 11:43:34 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MARION COUNTY, OH - The Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Marion County Sheriff's Office are asking for the communities help to help identify skeletal remains found more than 27 years ago. 

The skeletal remains of a man were found on July 19th, 1989. The male is believed to have been murdered.

The facial reconstruction of the male was released by the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey on Wednesday.

The male's remains were found in Flat Rock Run Creek behind a home on Harding Highway East. He is believed to have been a caucasian male between 22 and 35 years old, between 5'9" and 5'10" tall, had dark brown to black colored hair, and weighed approximately 140 pounds.

It is noted the male had a slight beard, but unsure as to how his facial hair was kept. 

The decedent was found wearing:

  • A pair of Dakota Jeans: Waist 32, Length 32 (unknown color)
  • A pair of elastic waist boxer shorts (unknown brand or color) 
  • A pair of dark red ribbed top socks
  • A pair of black Adidas Continental tennis shoes: Size 9.5
  • A short sleeved black and red striped sport style shirt with a three button placket front and collar. Tag in the collar marked Club Hampton made in USA, 50% polyester, 50% cotton 
  • A multicolored knitted sweater with diamond and zigzag designs
  • A flannel shirt. Tag in shirt marked 100% cotton, made in Yugoslavia, fabric from Taiwan (unknown color)

"This man was someone's family, he was someone's friend, and he is someone who deserves to be identified after all these years," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. "We hope this new model will look familiar so that we can finally identify him and hopefully even find his killer."

The facial reconstruction was completed by an Attorney General's Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Forensic Artist. Items such as hair style are the artist's estimations to complete the image and should not be considered as significant markers for identification. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office Detective Utley at (740) 382-8244 ext. 5120.

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