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Case File: 1730UMDE

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: April 20, 1990
  • Location of Discovery: Sussex County, Delaware
  • Estimated Date of Death: 3 years prior to discovery (1986-1990)
  • State of Remains: Skull only
  • Cause of Death: Unknown
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 60-75 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'9" to 5'11"
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Unknown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Throughout much of the thoracic and lumbar portion of the vertebral column, the vertebrae were fused to one another and there was a great deal of osteophytic deposition on the vertebral bodies.
  • Dentals: X-rays and photographs are available. There were no upper teeth during life. Several bottom teeth were missing. Tooth #11 area, root tip.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: mtDNA and nucDNA available with UNT (ref #10-2539).
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: None recoverd.
  • Jewelry: None recovered.
  • Additional Personal Items: None recovered.
  • Case History

    On April 20, 1990, a child found a human skull. It was determined that the family dog had dug it up in the backyard approximately 75 yards from the house. The house is located on County Road 421 a few miles outside of Laurel.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Agency Contact Person: Hal Brown
  • Agency Phone Number: 302-577-3421
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Case Number: S90-143
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: MP/UP #2270
  • Former Hot Case Number: 1243
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
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