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Case File 288UMMD

Composite of Victim

Unidentified Black Male

  • Discovered on August 25, 1997 in Cecil County, Maryland.
  • Estimated Date of Death: August 25, 1997
  • Cause of death was homicide.
  • Charred/Burned Remains

    Vital Statistics

    • Estimated age: 25-35 years old
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'7"; 170 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark short and bushy hair. Muscular build.
    • Dentals: Available. Distinguishing feature is front teeth. The right front incisor was rotated slightly, so that the right front tooth overlapped the incisor. The left front tooth was apparently broken and repaired with a pin. This sort of dental repair would be expensive.
    • Clothing: Boxer shorts only. There was no money or jewelry on him.
    • Fingerprints: One thumbprint is available for comparison.
    • DNA: Available in Codis.

    Case History
    The victim was located near the Gilpin Covered Bridge, just north of Interstate 95, within one mile of the nearest exit in Cecil County, Maryland on August 25, 1997.
    Because of the lack of blood at the scene and the close proximity to Interstate 95, the victim is believed to have been killed elsewhere and dumped at the location.
    He had been placed there minutes before discovery. He was still burning when the police arrived.
    Police don't believe the victim had much, if any, contact with anyone in Cecil County, and said he may have been killed in a nearby city, including Wilmington, Delaware, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York or Washington, D.C.
    He was wrapped in an ivy-patterned bed sheet and pillowcase, that was traced to a small factory in New York. His body parts were wrapped in a separate tarp and placed behind the body. Both tarps were set on fire.
    The body was most likely dumped in the wooded area between 05:30 and 06:15. The victim's remains were found at about 07:30.
    He was dead for less than 24 hours.
    The victim's physique and extensive dental work suggested that he was well cared for and would be missed.

    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Maryland State Police
    Sgt. John Bollinger
    410-290-0050 X 130
    Maryland State Police/MD Center for Missing

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    Source Information:
    Cecil Whig 11/17/04
    Cecil Whig 8/29/07

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