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Raleigh police hope sculpture helps them put name to man found dead

A forensic artist created this sculpture of a man who was found dead off West Millbrook Road in Raleigh in May 2015 and who remains unidentified.
A forensic artist created this sculpture of a man who was found dead off West Millbrook Road in Raleigh in May 2015 and who remains unidentified.

Police have distributed photos of a forensic artist's sculpture of man who was found dead in woods off West Millbrook Road in May 2015 and whose next of kin they still have been unable to tell of his passing.

Detectives hope that the likeness will prompt information from someone who knows who the dead man was, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

The man did not seem to be a crime victim, police said a month after the body was discovered in the woods along the 3400 block of West Millbrook. Detectives’ legwork and a medical examination established that, but nothing else, police said at the time.

The man appeared to have been dead for several months, and his case has remained open for the months since he was found.

Now, police have brought in a forensic artist from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to create a sculpture of the man’s head based on details from the remains.

The man is believed to have been white, about 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9 and about 50 years old.

Detectives hope that anyone who recognizes the sculpture or believes they know something about the man will call the police department’s tip line at 919-834-HELP (4357).

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