Cold Case: Pasco detectives seek to ID homicide victim

Pasco Sheriff's Office is looking to identify this homicide victim whose remains were found

PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) — Investigators hope that a replicated skull of an unknown male whose remains were found in Pasco County can help solve the cold case.

The skeletal remains of the victim were found by a detective who was investigating an unrelated homicide case in Wesley Chapel in 1990, the Sheriff’s Office says. The remains were found a quarter-mile south of SR 54 on the east side of Smith Road, which is now the north exit of Meadow Point Neighborhood.

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Deputies found the man died as a result of homicide due to a skull fracture and determined he was killed sometime between one and five years prior to his discovery. They say the victim was a white male between 40-60 years-old, approximately 5’7″ to 5’9″ tall, unknown weight. He was missing several teeth and it’s presumed he chewed tobacco.

The victim’s remains revealed healed fractures of the right hand, right arm, right leg, three right ribs and nose, indicating prior injuries. Clothing found with the victim’s remains are dark blue “American Eagle” pants measured approximately 36 inches wide and 32 inches long; Remnants of “Britannia” pants that appear to be brown corduroy; Black suspenders with red stripes that have four metal clips and were attached to the corduroy pants; Remnants of a light t-shirt, the neck liner of a jacket or sweatshirt, and numerous buttons; Black leather, size 8.5 EE men’s shoes; Remnants of a red stocking cap with a white stripe. The victim’s remains were found partially concealed by a sleeping bag and a metal ring with a turquoise inlay in the shape of a peace sign was found near the victim’s remains.

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Reconstruction of the items was done by artists from across the country who came to work with the FL Institute for Forensic Anthropology & Applied Science (IFAAS) at the University of South Florida this past week.

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A 3D printed skull of the victim was created in hopes to identify him, solve the crime, and help family and friends of the victims find closure. Anyone who can provide information about this cold case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or submit your tip here.

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