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Police seek help in identifying remains

Washington Post editors

The skeletal remains found in the Lorton area of Fairfax County last month were those of an unidentified man who was murdered, Fairfax police said Thursday, and investigators asked for help in identifying the man.

The remains were discovered on July 12 in a wooded area near Furnace Road, and the medical examiner told police the bones may have been there for up to a year. The medical examiner classified the death as a homicide due to "trauma to the upper body," police said, without disclosing specifically what type of trauma. A forensic anthropologist working with the medical examiner determined the man was possibly European, East Asian or Hispanic, was in his mid-30s to early 40s, and was 5-foot-3.

The man was wearing a gray-blue T-shirt with a picture of a hot rod car and the words “76 Nationals, South Calf, Coastal Speedway” on it, and Cherokee brand pajama pants with a ski motif. He also wore an American Eagle zip-up warm-up jacket, white Reebok tennis shoes, and a multi-colored stone, heart-shaped pendant with an “evil eye” talisman attached. Photos of the items can be viewed at the Fairfax police Web site

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call police at 866-411-TIPS/8477.

-- Tom Jackman

By Washington Post editors  |  August 19, 2010; 5:32 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Homicide , Tom Jackman  
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Could they tell how long he's been dead for?

Posted by: steampunk | August 20, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Here's a picture of what he was wearing when they found the body (from the FFX police website):

The image is much smaller due to scaling on the website. This direct link is much more detailed.

Posted by: steampunk | August 20, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

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