Vital Statistics Estimated Age: 50-60 years old Estimated Height: 5'3"
Estimated Weight: 130 lbs (skeletal remains)
Hair and Eye Color: unknown Clothing: shirt (color unknown), tie, brown pants, leather belt, brown socks. A news article at the time said that the remains were draped in an overcoat. Accessories: full pack of Pall Mall cigarettes in his shirt pocket;
3-cent liberty stamp found in his pocket that was issued in 1954 and available for purchase until 1958. He was carrying an illegible ID from 1955 that was sent to the FBI for analysis sometime in the 70s. No follow-up information is available. Eyewear: reading glasses made by the American Optical Co. with a slight -Rx. It was assumed they were used by an elderly person for reading. Cause of Death: natural causes according to a 1974 news article.
Fingerprints: not available
DNA: not available
Case Details The skeletal remains of this unknown man were found among a pile of bricks at 300 New Market Street by a wrecking crew. The property was one of many slated for demolition as part of the Callowhill East Redevelopment Project. Today, I-95 runs through where 300 New Market St once stood.
Images starting at top: map of 300 New Market St, circa 1942.
Two views of the home, circa 1941. Resident in photo, Nicholas Miller.
Article from Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/14/73.
Article from Philadelphia Daily News, 2/25/74.
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Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office 215-685-7458