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Case File: 1909UMPA

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: September 17, 1996
  • Location of Discovery: Dennison Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
  • Estimated Date of Death: Between September 3, 1996 and September 7, 1996
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
  • Cause of Death: Drug overdose
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 30-35 years old
  • Race: Black
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'9" to 6'0"
  • Weight: 170-200 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black, short.
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Possible scar, circular in shape, located just below and to the right of umbilicus. Toxicology report indicated the following drugs present in the victim's body: Ethyl alcohol, Opiate Cross- Reactives, Morphine (conjugated and unconjugated-morphine, heroin and/or codeine or derivatives) and Lorazepam(Ativan-Benzodiazepine/anti-anxiety). The victim may have been a drug/alcohol abuser.
  • Dentals: Available. Dental codes entered from NCIC charting only. Attempting to locate dental radiographs and examination records.
  • Fingerprints: Available in AFIS
  • DNA: mtDNA and nucDNA available at UNT (ref #11-2089.1).
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Possibly black or blue Levi 505 denim jeans (size 36X34), black two-hole belt, white Christopher Hayes cotton brief underwear (size 34), and white tube socks. No shoes were located.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    On September 17, 1996, PennDot employees discovered the victim's body approximately 20-25 feet north of Interstate 80 west bound. The head of the victim was to the north and his feet to the south indicating that he was dragged to his final location.

    The victim was clothed, except for a shirt, and partially wrapped in a multi-colored comforter. The victim's legs were bound with white nylon twine in the area of the knees.

    Police said the man may be from New York or New Jersey.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

  • Agency Name: Pennsylvania State Police - Troop N - West Hazelton
  • Agency Contact Person: Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit
  • Agency Phone Number: 570-459-3890
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  • Agency Name: Luzerne County Coroner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 570-825-1664

  • Agency Case Number: ME: N1-429562
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #8923
  • Former Hot Case Number: 888
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • Pennsylvania Missing
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • The Morning Call News Archive

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    Last Updated: 2/28/13 - By: DD / Hot Case Coordinator


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