Distinctive Physical Features:
Tattoo On the right, front side of the chest there is a bulldog with "USMC"
Tattoo On the right upper arm appears to be a heart with a banner.
Tattoo Name "Sue" on the left upper arm.
This is from a database off the ME's website. It appears to reference this case and it may be a detail that helps match him to a missing person case.
Acute heroin and cocaine intoxication
Self-administered overdose of heroin and cocaine
Found, Open Area
‘Mystery bones’ killing still unsolved in Plymouth Twp.
Daniel Bethencourt, Detroit Free Press Published 5:39 p.m. ET Oct. 4, 2015 | Updated 9:19 a.m. ET Oct. 5, 2015
Police in Plymouth Township have called the case their “mystery bones.”
They are still wondering what happened to a man who was killed, wrapped in a carpet and dumped in a
wooded area near railroad tracks. It’s the township’s only unsolved homicide, nearly two decades later — and police still don’t know whose bones they were. “We’re hoping somebody will remember something,” said Detective Charlie Rozum, with the township’s police department. “We’re at a standstill.”
The bones were discovered on May 10, 1997. A man was surveying a wooded portion of Plymouth Township
because he was thinking about buying some property nearby. He was walking near Haggerty Road, between Schoolcraft and Plymouth roads, just north of the railroad tracks. That’s when he spotted a mouse, or
maybe a mole. He told police he decided, on a whim, to play with it, but the animal scurried inside a rolled-up carpet.
The man pulled back the brown carpet’s corner and found a human skeleton still dressed in a blue and white striped shirt, blue shorts, and knee-high socks that read “USA 80” — memorabilia from the 1980 Olympics.
The carpet had been lying there for up to a decade. So long, in fact, that grass and weeds had grown through the rolled-up carpet, according to police records.
Medical examiners determined that the man had been killed by blunt force trauma to the head. A portion of his skull was bashed in. The case is fairly unusual for Plymouth Township. Rozum, one of the department’s two detectives, can recall only one homicide in seven years.
“Here we have a guy that could have been laying in the field for five or 10 years before he was found, and nobody knows who he is,” said Rozum. “We don’t even have any place to start.”
For years, this was most of what was known about the victim, according to police records:
He was probably white and stood between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches. He was between 35 and 50 years old and had a build suggesting heavy labor or athletics. He was also in fairly poor medical condition. He had a nonstandard surgical pin in his right upper arm, which could indicate a military field hospital, according to police records. His right hand and wrist had been fractured several times. He also appears to have suffered from Osgood-Schlatter disease, which causes knee pain. He appears to have worn dentures. And he wore a gold ring, which a jeweler later told Rozum was fake.
For years, the case appeared stalled. DNA tests and attempts to recheck evidence have so far yielded no significant updates. But in late August of this year, Crime Stoppers put out a notice requesting clues. They got multiple tips about a homicide in West Bloomfield that took place in 1991, six years before the mystery bones were found. The case resulted in two convictions, but never led to the discovery of the body, said Curt
Lawson, deputy chief of the West Bloomfield Police Department.
The victim in that case was Gustav Prilepok, 56, who worked the night shift as a welder at a GM plant about a mile from where the bones were found. A coworker at that plant later told police that Prilepok served in the military at some point before working there. Prilepok was killed by members of his family. His stepson, Jan Borek, and Prilepok’s wife, Janea Prilepok, 47, later told police that Gustav was controlling and would limit the amount of money that each could have per week. He also wanted the stepson out of the house, said Detective Sgt. David St. Germaine, also with West Bloomfield Police.
A day or two before Feb. 1, 1991, when the family reported Prilepok missing, he had gotten into a heated argument with his stepson in the driveway of their home on Fieldview in West Bloomfield. Then there was another altercation inside the home, Lawson said. This one turned physical: Prilepok drew a small knife and told Borek, 22, that he had to leave. Borek grabbed a fire poker and bashed his stepfather on the head, then took the knife from him and slashed him in the neck, Lawson said. Borek would later tell police that he acted in self-defense. But Borek, along with his mother, then wrapped the body up in linoleum, or maybe carpet --
Janea Prilepok told two different stories — and dumped it somewhere else.
When police later examined their home, there was a section of carpet that, in a photo, looked similar to the carpet that the mystery victim was found in, according to Rozum, the detective with Plymouth Township Police.
Prilepok’s wife and stepson later confessed. His stepson was convicted of second-degree murder, and his wife was convicted of an accessory charge. Both served prison terms and were then deported, possibly back to Czechoslovakia, where they were both from, Lawson said. But the whereabouts of Gustav Prilepok’s body remained a mystery. No other family members are still in the country to be interviewed.
But even with all these similarities, the case was known to investigators and dismissed at the time as unlikely.
The biggest difference is in the teeth. The man found in the carpet had lost most of his teeth and appeared to wear dentures. But Prilepok was thought to still have teeth a year before he died. (Police interviewed his dentist.) And even if he had lost them in the span of just one year, when the dentist had last seen him, the sockets would have needed more time to heal before the death, an expert concluded at the time.
The cases have another key difference: the man in the carpet had shorts that measured 30 inches at the waist, while pants thought to belong to Prilepok and taken from his garbage measured 38 inches.
According to police records, these differences were enough to “effectively eliminate the possibility” that the mystery bones were those of Prilepok.
Still, within the last few months, police are trying to match blood samples from the Prilepok crime scene with DNA from a bone in Plymouth Township. These tests would not have been possible at the time. “We’re going to use the capability we have now to try to determine who this person is,” Lawson said. The results will likely take weeks, maybe a couple months. If a connection can’t be established, it’s not clear what’s next. “We’re kind of hoping that it matches,” Rozum said.
Contact Daniel Bethencourt: firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-223-4531. Follow on Twitter at @_dbethencourt.
Plymouth cold case murder still a mystery after 18 years
Published August 27, 2015NewsFOX 2 Detroit
PLYMOUTH TWP - A murder mystery in Plymouth began in 1997 when police found human remains wrapped in a carpet. Two decades later the cold case continues but investigators are not giving up.
Human bones, an old T-shirt and socks - they are what Plymouth Township police hope will help identify a man found near railroad tracks on Haggerty Road near Schoolcraft.
"We've had people send missing us missing people," said Lt. Robert Antel. "We still have not found a match."
Plymouth Township police have teamed up with Crime Stoppers of Michigan to try and get tips on the 18-year-old case. A reward of $2,500 is being offered.
The bones were discovered back on May 10 of 1997.
"There was a gentleman looking to purchase a piece of property," Antel said. "While he was out during a survey he saw a mouse running through a roll of carpet."
Kicking the carpet, police say it unrolled revealing femurs, arm and skull pieces. The man was believed to be between 5-feet 6 and 5-feet 9 inches tall and was wearing blue shorts and white tube socks with the 1980 Olympics logo "USA 80."
Police say the carpet he was wrapped in was manufactured in the 1970s.
"At this point he'd be between 50 and 70 years old," Antel said. "At the time the bones were discovered they estimated him to be about 35 to 45 years old."
Police ruled the man's death a homicide.
"We did locate a small .357 or .38 caliber round wrapped up in the carpet with him," Antel said.
Police say he died of blunt force trauma and sent the bones to Texas for DNA to be taken. The medical examiner noticed signs that the man may have had a joint disease and may have been in the Military.
They cited a fracture of the man's upper right arm, where a stabilization pin was put in.
"It's a pin that would be used to surgically repair a broken bone in a field hospital setting," Antel said.
While police say they know it isn't much to go on and know the case is cold.
"We still have an unsolved murder that we would like to get closure for some family member."
Blue jeans with brown belt: belt contains flaking white paint and has a square belt buckle with a Longhorn Steer.
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On May 27, 1987, highway workers discovered a partially decomposed body along the southbound shoulder of I-81 South, Mile Post 183. The victim died as a result of a gunshot wound to the right side of the head and right side of the body. Handwritten notes in the victims pocket referred to a truck and trailer number and the trucking firm of J.B. Hunt Trucking Company out of Lowell, Arkansas. A check of this company revealed that John Swartz was operating a tractor-trailer through Virginia at this time.
Police seek answers in 30-year Burlington mystery
By STEVE DeMARCO email@example.com
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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