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Police seek help to ID remains

The man's skeleton was discovered in woods off U.S. 19 in January with a gunshot wound to the head.

By NICOLE JOHNSON
Published September 20, 2005


TARPON SPRINGS - City police now have more information about a skeleton found in January near the Pinellas-Pasco county line.

The remains belonged to a white male between 40 and 55 years old, according to police. A small handgun was found near the body. The man had a gunshot wound to the head, and police have deemed his death a suicide.

Police also released a composite sketch that was done by the Illinois State Police and shows what the man was believed to have looked like.

They hope that someone recognizes the man so investigators can help loved ones find peace.

"It's still an investigation so we can identify him, give it some closure and inform possible family members so he can receive a proper burial," said police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Young.

The man, found in woods off U.S. 19 between Brittany Park and the Tarpon Springs Driving Range, was between 5 feet 8 inches tall and 6 feet 3 inches tall with possibly dark or salt-and-pepper colored hair.

When found, the man was wearing size 101/2 suede sneakers and denim pants with a white rope tied around the waist as a belt. He also wore a medium-sized button-down shirt and a dark colored knit cap, according to reports.

A land survey crew found the skeleton on Jan. 12 while preparing a site for a townhome project. That site is still vacant, Young said.

Police ask anyone with information about the man to call detectives at (727) 938-2849.

[Last modified September 20, 2005, 01:55:19]


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