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Acute heroin and cocaine intoxication
Self-administered overdose of heroin and cocaine
Found, Open Area
Navy hopes computer image will help identify dead man
Oct 30, 2008
The black man in his early 20s had cigarettes, a cassette tape and a plastic bag from a Navy Exchange in his pockets. He was about 6 feet tall and wore a Nautica sweat shirt and a Nike jacket.
Those are some of the few clues in a mystery that has baffled investigators since a body was discovered
between two piers at Norfolk Naval Station in May 1997.
The unidentified body was exhumed from a Norfolk cemetery in 2005, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service made a clay model of what the man's face may have looked like. About a dozen leads came in, but none panned out.
On Wednesday, two NCIS agents offered up revised, computer-generated images of the man, as well as a few more details. They hope the new images, developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, might spark the memory of someone who knew him.
"It would be quite an accomplishment to give him back his name," Special Agent Amanda Burke said at a news conference.
Special Agent Giff Parker said John Doe could have been a civilian. At the time the man disappeared - likely late 1996 or early 1997 - the general public had access to the base, according to base spokeswoman Terri Davis.
But the Naval Exchange bag in his pocket, and information that he may have visited a Fleet and Family Support Center at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base before his disappearance, indicate possible military ties, Burke and Parker said.
Sailors who deserted the Navy around that time have been ruled out, they said.
Parker theorized that John Doe may have been an active- duty sailor or Marine using up his last days of leave before mustering out of military service. He might not have had family expecting him. He might not have been a U.S. citizen.
It's unclear whether the death was accidental, a homicide or a suicide - his remains were too deteriorated.
The agents released some additional details. They think he may have been staying at the Breakers Motel in the Ocean View section of Norfolk. He was found with a rap music tape titled "Ill Style Live " in a pocket.
He probably stood between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall.
Burke said the man's teeth showed dental work, including filled cavities and healed extractions.
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Scar/mark: Would have surgical scars on right upper arm
Other distinctive physical characteristic: Athletic or well developed muscular build at one time. The clothing found indicated a more emaciated appearance at the time of death (30" waist shorts)
Blue jeans with brown belt: belt contains flaking white paint and has a square belt buckle with a Longhorn Steer.
Police seek answers in 30-year Burlington mystery
By STEVE DeMARCO firstname.lastname@example.org
BURLINGTON — It is a grave at Chestnut Hill Cemetery that is just grass, there is no stone, but it does have a designation — Section D, No. 550. An unidentified man is buried there whose body was discovered in a wooded area off Muller Road nearly 30 years ago.
The site's emptiness reflects the fruitless results of the work of some detectives in the Burlington Police Department, who have tried off-and-on for those 30 years to identify the man.
According to Inspector Frank Nardone, the man was murdered (shot twice in the back of the head), and his body was buried in about two feet of dirt off Muller Road, near what was known as a "lover's lane" in 1975 (the entrance has since been blocked off with large hay bales).
Since that time, "We have had several leads, and they have all come up short," said Nardone.
"I figured that with all of the computers (accessibility to data) we have now, we would have identified him by now," Nardone went on to say. "But some of those missing-person sites, they can be very depressing.
"We (Nardone, Inspector Gary Burdick, Sgt. Glen Mills, and State Trooper Peter Sennott) have been going at this for the last two years full-blast," said Nardone. "There has got to be an answer out there somewhere."
In defining the difficulty he has had in trying to make strides in the case, Nardone said he received the autopsy on the body just two years ago. The law requires that autopsy reports only go to next-of-kin and the district attorney's office.
"He has to have family, hopefully, his family is alive," Nardone said. "Sometimes, people leave, lose complete contact with their family. That could be the case here."
"This is someone who lost his life, but they stole his name," Nardone went on to say. "Some people may have thought he was bad, but he started out good.
"If I can do this (identify the body) before I retire," Nardone continued, "I feel I will have accomplished something."
Possible military connections
Reports indicate the body was discovered May 22, 1975, by two men who were in the Muller Road woods walking a dog.
"He was wearing an army field jacket, dungarees, and canvas sneakers with black socks," said Nardone. "Wearing black socks in those days usually meant you were associated with the military or law enforcement."
Police officials deduced at the time that the body had been buried there "anywhere between six months and a year."
He had "excellent dental records" of the man, Nardone said, but "all dental records were sent to St. Louis in the late 1970s and were destroyed in a fire."
The inspector added that there were several gold fillings in the man's mouth, and "the only people who had gold in their mouths in '75 were mostly military people."
Nardone also said the man was wearing a belt with a unique, Garrison-style buckle, and a medallion suggestive of association with a motorcycle gang.
"At that time, there were reports of motorcycle gangs in town," Nardone recalled. "There were a couple of houses where four of them, five of them would live."
A witness came forward in the 1980s whom Nardone initially considered credible, he said. He led them to a motorcycle group in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., "but that trail eventually went cold," Nardone stated.
Nardone said he later learned this witness "spelled his last name two different ways," which cast further doubt on his credibility.
Nardone said he would like to exhume the body, and that is a daunting task, he said, "because there are a lot of hurdles you have to get through, you just can't exhume a body."
That will require a court order, Nardone said, as well as permission from the local Board of Health because "we are digging up a body. I am trying to get the state (medical examiner's office) to exhume the body."
If the body is exhumed (it is first sent, casket and all, to the state medical examiner's office) that could ultimately reveal a lot, Nardone said.
"With all the technology and advances, we can do a lot more than we could do in 1975," he said. "I have an artist who could draw a picture of his face, and two other people I have could make a clay model of his skull."
Nardone also said advances with DNA could aid in identifying the man.
A local funeral home has offered to donate a new casket for the body, Nardone said, because the original casket "has likely been destroyed, or at least decayed."
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