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Fairfax police release image of unidentified dead man

Fairfax County police are turning to the public for help in identifying a man who was found floating in Lake Barcroft Sunday morning. But in addition to describing him, they have released a modified picture of what he may have looked like.

The man was discovered about 10:15 a.m. floating near a dock on Pinetree Terrace, near the east end of the lake in the Baileys Crossroads area. The autopsy Monday indicated he probably drowned, and Officer Bud Walker said Thursday he may have been in the lake as long as a week. Foul play is not suspected.

Composite sketch. (Fairfax police.)

Police believe the man was Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old, 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds. He had tattoos on both arms: on his left arm, a heart with the letter "M" underneath; on the right arm, a cross with the letters "MS" below it and illegible letters above it. He also had a gold cap on his right front tooth and wore a blue-faced digital Casio wristwatch. His white T-shirt says "Conn-Madden Relays" on the front and back, for a high school track meet held annually in Newport News.

Walker said a police sketch artist took a photo of the man, then used a computer to modify it, both for sensitivity reasons and because of some deterioration caused by the water.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call police at 866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  December 4, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman , Unsolved  
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