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Forensic drawings released in hopes of IDing man's body

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The Texas Rangers and the Palo Pinto County Sheriff's Office have released forensic drawings of man, in the hopes that they'll lead to the ID and more information about the man's death.

The man's skeletal remains were found on Dec. 26, 2006, on private property near North Farm-to-Market Road 4, just north of the town of Palo Pinto in North Central Texas. The Rangers believe the man's time of death was between 1998 and 2005.

The forensic drawings are not an exact likeness, but are a good general depiction of how the man may have looked in life. He is believed to be Hispanic, about 45 to 65 years old, and 5 feet 1 inch to 5 feet 4 inches tall. He also had a poorly healed fracture to his right cheekbone and a possibly crooked or asymmetrical nose.

Found with his remains were:

  • The remnants of a pair of Wrangler blue-jeans with the letters "T HOWARD" written in red on the inside of one of the pockets and in black, "Howard" inside another pocket.
  • A simple band ring, size 6, copper with a dark green inlay, possibly enamel.
  • An elastic waistband, possibly from undergarments, measuring 35 inches.
  • The black sole and tongue from a "Riddell"-brand shoe, size 10 ½.
  • A key ring with a military-style can opener, fingernail clippers, a small "skeleton key" and a snap-style hasp attached.
  • A cowboy-style hat was not found with the man's body, but was included in the second drawing to show how he might have looked in a hat.

The victim's DNA profile is already on file with law enforcement, so a DNA sample from the victim's relative, if provided, could identify him. Anyone who has a missing relative whose information or situation aligns even slightly with this unidentified person is encouraged to submit a DNA sample with law enforcement. Although DNA from the victim's parent or sibling is preferred, any relative may submit their DNA sample to be compared to the victim's.

Anyone who wants to submit their DNA for this case should contact Texas Ranger Sgt. Russ Authier at 940-325-6903, ext. 7, or the DPS Unidentified Persons and DNA Unit at 1-800-346-3243.

You can also get more information on the case by clicking here.

Cathryn Khalil / ckhalil@kltv.com

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