Deputies working to identify remains found in wooded area of Gainesville

Alachua County Sheriff's Office releases image of what man may have looked like


ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies are working to identify a man's remains found nearly two years ago in a wooded area of Gainesville, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office announced Monday. 

The Sheriff's Office released an image of what the man may have looked like based on facial reconstruction technology. 

Deputies said Monday that human skeletal remains were found on Jan. 24, 2016, in the wooded area near Millhopper Road and Northwest 88th Street in Jacksonville. 

It's unclear how the man died, but investigators said it's possible he died six to 24 months before his remains were located.

Investigators said they have reason to believe he was homeless and a veteran. 

The man was described as being about 5 feet 10 inches tall and between 40 and 60 years old. Deputies said he was wearing blue jeans and brown work boots similar to the ones pictured. 

Anyone who recognizes the man depicted in the image or has any information about him is asked to call Detective Lance Yaegar at 352-260-7588. Click here to submit a tip to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System online. 

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