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Wayne County Sheriff's Office Needs Your Help Solving Mystery

Posted March 25, 2002

— Detectives in Wayne County hope you can help solve the mystery surrounding a human skull.

Experts used clay to help reconstruct the face of a man who was murdered six months ago.

"What we have here is we have a head or a face without a name, and that's what we're looking [for]. Who is this person?" Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said.

The state medical examiner's staff molded clay onto the skull to show what the victim may have looked like. Authorities said the skull is from an African-American male between 22 and 33 years old.

Deputies said a hunter discovered the skull last December, just a few yards from the Neuse River. They believe the victim was murdered about three months earlier.

There are not many houses around the site where the body was discovered, but it is far from remote. Bill Lane Boulevard, a busy shortcut around Goldsboro, is just a few feet away.

The victim does not match any missing persons cases in Wayne County, so he could be from somewhere else.

Deputies said the model's chin may look slightly different because the victim's skull was damaged.

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