Chief Medical Examiner Seeks Public’s Help to Identify Skeletal Remains

Facial Models of Individuals Shown in Hopes of Closing Cold Cases

September 10, 2013

 (Richmond, Va.) —The Chief Medical Examiner today unveiled the facial approximations of five individuals found dead in the central Virginia area, but who have not yet been identified.  The facial models represent the four men and one woman whose remains were found in separate locations between 1988 and 2012.  There are currently 276 unidentified people statewide, with some remains dating back to the 1960s. 

“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 Acting Chief Medical Examiner William Gormley, PhD, MD.  “We’re working with local law enforcement authorities to help identify these individuals, and we encourage anyone with information that may lead to identifying these individuals profiled to contact us.”

Two of the individuals were discovered in two separate locations in Richmond (2002 and 2011), one was discovered in Petersburg (2012), one in Dinwiddie County (2007), and one in Caroline County (1988).

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has presented the facial approximations of unidentified individuals from across the Commonwealth at previous press conferences.  Forensic anthropologists and artists with the FBI’s Forensic Anthropology Services and Forensic Imaging Unit constructed the facial approximations.

Photographs of the facial approximations have been entered into the case files of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons Systems (NamUs).  NamUs is a web-based computer search engine funded by the National Institute of Justice to facilitate matching missing and unidentified persons.

The facial approximations are online at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/medexam/missingperson.htm. Anyone with information is asked to call the OCME Central District at (804) 786-3174.