Distinguishing Characteristics: it is believed that he had a full, broad face; straight,prominent nose; straight profile and a good chin. Described as having a "strong" face.
Clothing: green cotton, flared bottom dress pants, size 32W x 29L,
a light green, tie-dyed, long-sleeved shirt with french cuffs, size 16,
No socks or shoes.
The pockets on the trousers had been turned out.
Other: a bedspread, blanket and sheet rolled into a ball were found about 25 ft from the remains.
Dentals: Available. Dental care described as being compatible with lower middle class. Staining on teeth suggests he was a heavy smoker and/or coffee drinker.
DNA: sample available (pending analysis)
Fingerprints: not available
On Friday, February 18, 1972, at around 9:20 a.m., an Avella resident who was hitchhiking on Old Route 40 in Donegal Twp spotted the badly decomposed body of a man down an embankment, about 65 feet south of the roadway. The skeletal remains were found in a briar thicket, near a small trash dump about two miles west of Claysville. It was estimated that he had been there for about 8 to 10 weeks.
The man's death was ruled a homicide when two gunshot wounds were found in the bones of the left chest and a .22 caliber bullet was found among the remains.
Information about the unknown man was teletyped by Pennsylvania State Police to network points across the country. Only two responses were received; one from Baltimore, MD and one from West Virginia. Both inquiries were ruled out.
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