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Case File: 1257UMKY

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Sketch of Victim

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: January 27, 1979
  • Location of Discovery: Rural Breathitt County, Kentucky
  • Estimated Date of Death: 6-12 months prior to discovery
  • State of Remains: Partial skeletal Remains
  • Cause of Death: Not stated
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 35-45 years old
  • Race: CAucasian
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 6'0
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Medium-light brown hair
  • Eye Color: Unknown; Wore bifocals
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Healed fracture of distal right fibula (right ankle). Arthritic and walked with a pronounced limp. He had a thin nose that once was broken, and was probably left-handed. Slender build.
  • Dentals: Available (Incomplete chart) overall nicotine staining noted as well as pronounced enamel hypoplasia overall.
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Available (FBI NMPDD)
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Grey/brown plaid slacks, 38 waist, 33 length; long sleeved polyester shirt, brown, green, white print; cotton briefs; black socks; black leather belt. Black oxford style shoes 10 1/2 -11 D - instep built up in left shoe. There was money in the victim's wallet, but all identification cards and labels from his clothes had been removed
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Walking cane found with the remains.
  • Case History

    The nearly intact skeleton remains were found in a snowstorm on a hillside about 75 yards from a highway in a thinly populated area of Breathitt County by hunters. Breathitt county is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state.

    The elevation in the county ranges from 650 to 1600 feet above sea level. (The eastern Kentucky coal field covers the eastern end of the state, stretching from the Appalachian Mountains westward across the Cumberland Plateau to the Pottsville Escarpment. Coal mining is the major industry).

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Kentucky Medical Examiner's office
  • Agency Contact Person: Amy Burrows, M.D.
  • Agency Phone Number: 502-852-5587
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Case Number: 79-F-1
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #103
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • Syracuse Herald-Journal

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