Officials seek man’s identity

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, February 28, 2013

A farmer riding his tractor in Chesapeake on July 20, 1982, found the mostly decayed body of a white man who had died of a gunshot wound off Airport Feeder Road near U.S. Route 58.

Facial reconstruction

Facial reconstruction

More than 30 years later, officials have released a forensic reconstruction of the man’s facial appearance in the hopes someone can identify him.

“We hope that by presenting the facial approximations to the public, someone will recognize one of these individuals as their long lost loved one,” said Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Leah Bush. “We encourage anyone with information that may lead to the identities of these individuals profiled to contact us.”

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The man found in Chesapeake, near its border with Suffolk, was one of four reconstructions released Thursday. Another was found further east in Chesapeake, and two had been found in Newport News.

Detective Ronnie Young of the Chesapeake Police Department said the department has followed up on a few missing persons leads for the 1982 case, but nothing has resulted in an identification of the man.

The farmer found the man’s body in a ditch, partially covered with pine branches. Forensic experts were able to determine he was white, about 20 to 30 years of age, and between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall.

When found, the man was wearing a blue tank top with a chest pocket on it. The pocket contained a design with a pair of crossed jogging shoes and the words “Snake Creek.”

Composite sketch

Composite sketch

He also wore blue jeans, white tube socks with red and blue stripes near the top, and white, size-8 All-Pro tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Young at 382-8459 or the Chesapeake Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.