Authorities in Colorado are hoping digital reconstruction images will help crack the homicide of an unidentified man discovered nearly 19 years ago.
The remains of the victim — known only as “John Doe” — were found in October 2002 wrapped in a blanket off Colorado State Highway 114 in Saguache County, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday.
A forensic artist has completed the new facial recognition sketches of the man in hopes that someone will solve his mysterious death almost two decades after he was found about 180 miles southwest of Denver.
“We are hoping the updated digital reconstruction images will result in new information that will lead to the identification of this individual and to help solve this case,” CBI Deputy Director Chris Schaefer said.
A coroner ruled that the man, believed to between 40 and 60 years old, died of homicide.
He was between 225 and 300 pounds, 6 feet 5 inches tall, and had no tattoos or noteworthy scars, according to the coroner’s examination.
The male victim also had on black boxers shorts and a black Harley Davidson T-shirt from Fort Washington, Maryland, CBI investigators said.
A message seeking additional comment, including how many tips had been received in response to the new images, was not immediately returned by a CBI spokeswoman.
Anyone with information about the case should call CBI at (719) 647-5999 or the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 655-2525.