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Authorities Seek Help to Identify Remains

Posted October 23, 2007 11:16 a.m. EDT

— Authorities on Tuesday asked for public help to identify human remains found last week in Wilson County.

A logging crew found the remains in a wooded area off Bloomery Road.

An analysis by the State Medical Examiner's Office and the North Carolina State University Department of Anthropology has determined that the remains are those of a white man between the age of 50 and 59. He is believed to have been about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, although that estimate could be off by 6 inches either way, authorities said.

The man had an ankle fracture that was healing at the time of his death, and he also had all of his upper teeth removed before he died, authorities said. A vial of insulin was found with the remains. The clothing was a dark work-style coat that had paint on it and a pair of size 12 rugged, high-top, hiking-style shoes.

The man likely has been dead for three to five years, based on the condition of the remains, authorities said. The cause of death hasn't been determined.

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office was going through missing person reports for the area and other jurisdictions, but they asked for anyone with information to identify the remains to call Lt. Danny Bailey of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 252-237-2118.