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Police release photo of murder victim 27 years later in hopes of cracking case

10:41 AM, Nov 7, 2013   |    comments
new photo of murder victim from 1988 in Allegany County (courtesy: Maryland State Police)
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LITTLE ORLEANS, Md. (WUSA9) -- Maryland State Police investigators released an enhanced photograph of a man who was found dead 27 years ago in hopes someone will give them more information that could help solve the cold case.

The man, believed to be between 25 and 50 years old, has never been identified, according to police. His decomposed body was found on a farm on Price Road in Little Orleans, Allegany County on March 21, 1986. A property owner found his remains in what appeared to be a shallow grave near a wooded area on his farm.

Police say forensic experts determined his body may have been there for months before it was discovered. Later, a medical examiner determined that his death was a homicide, but authorities have not released any other details about how he may have died.

Police tell us a Maryland State Police homicide investigator recently reached out a expert forensic artist in Baltimore to use the autopsy photo of the body to develop a likeness of the victim at the time of his death. He is believed to have been a Hispanic male, 5'9" tall, about 165 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair, and a black mustache.

Now, investigators hope the new photo will prompt the memories of those who may have known or seen the victim prior to his death in 1986. Anyone with any information is asked to call Sgt. Tina Becker at 410-386-3029, or Detective Sergeant Padraic Lacy at the State Police Cumberland Barrack at 301-729-2101 ext 7122. Callers may remain confidential.

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