After a man’s body was discovered by construction workers last year in Florida, technology has helped to create a facial approximation of what this man looked like and a sheriff is seeking the public’s help.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) and an anthropology team from the University of South Florida (USF) seek the community’s help using these computer-generated images to identify a man whose remains were found at a residential construction site in Palm Coast last summer by construction workers.
After a thorough study of the recovered remains discovered on July 18th at the Toscana community on Old Kings Road, FCSO’s Cold Case Unit and Dr. Erin Kimmerle’s team from the Florida Institute of Anthropology and Applied Science at USF have determined the remains were an African-American or mixed-race male between the ages of 35 and 50. No other physical indicators have been determined at this point in the investigation.
Dr. Kimmerle’s team provided FCSO with two computer-generated images of the victim’s face, one with facial hair and one without. Those images are posted here. About 90% of the man’s body was recovered by investigators.
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Investigators have not ruled out foul play or determined the cause of death or exactly when he died, but they have determined that he does not match any missing persons reported to FCSO.
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly hopes the images will lead to tips that may bring an answer to those questions and many others surrounding this mystery as the investigation continues.
“We knew that it was going to take some time to identify this man,” Sheriff Staly added. “We are now one step closer with a lot of work still to be done. These kinds of cases take time to solve, especially considering how the remains were found. Our Cold Case detectives and Dr. Kimmerle’s team have done terrific work getting us to this point. We’re hoping someone recognizes these images as someone they may know.”
FCSO’s Cold Case Unit and the Medical Examiner’s Office continue to pursue other leads in this case, including DNA testing. Once a DNA profile has been developed, it will be compared to other DNA profiles in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database in the hopes of determining this man’s identity.
Anyone with information on the possible identification of this man is urged to contact the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS (8477). Emails can also be submitted to Tips@FlaglerSheriff.com.