Friday, Feb. 16, 2007

Sheriff’s Office releases sketch of man found dead 20 years ago

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Courtesty of Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday released this artist’s rendering based on the skeletal remains of a man found dead nearly 20 years ago in an attempt to identify him.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday released an artist’s rendering based on the skeletal remains of a man found dead nearly 20 years ago in an attempt to identify him.

According to Cpl. Jennifer Bailey, the remains appear to be that of 25- to 40-year-old man who had a small to medium build. Police believe he died between November 1988 and July 1989, and broke his nose a year before his death.

His skeletal remains were found on Right Hand Fork Road at the Watershed in Frederick, north of Gambrill State Park, in November 1989.

Sgt. Donald C. Stahl, a forensic artist with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, recently completed the reconstruction of the face to see what the victim may have looked like. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office does not have a forensic artist on staff.

‘‘Even though this is a cold case, we still try to follow up on every lead that comes in,” Bailey said. ‘‘[The forensic sketch] is another way to generate information for our office to follow up on. This victim deserves closure. ... and to be returned to his family.”

Anyone with information on the case, or who can identify the victim, is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Tips Line at 301-600-4131.