Forensic facial reconstruction of Canton John Doe hopes to generate tips
A digital facial reconstruction hopes to bring new leads on the identification of an unknown man found in northeast Ohio more than two decades ago.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, the Stark County Sheriff's Office and the Start County Coroner released the forensic facial reconstruction Thursday.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation created a clay model and a series of photo-realistic digital images of the John Doe in hopes of identifying him.
John Doe's body was discovered on December 22, 2001, in Canton at 2931 Trump Avenue SE. His remains were completely skeletal and may have been at that location for multiple years.
According to our NBC affiliate WKYC, the man likely died from a gunshot wound.
Investigators believe he was a Black man between 21 and 44 years old when he died. He's believed to have been between 5 feet four inches tall. The man's weight and hair and eye color remain a mystery and no clothing was found at the scene.
Even with those unknowns, new technology was applied to help create facial variations with unknown features like the man's eye and hair color, skin tone and hairstyle in hopes of getting tips to identify him.
"I want to commend the Stark County Coroner's Office, BCI, and the Attorney General's Office for their collaboration in identifying new information related to this investigation," added Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier. "We remain committed to pursuing all leads, no matter how much time has passed. We owe it to the victim to bring closure and justice to this case."
"I would like to thank all of you involved in our continued pursuit to properly identify our deceased," said Stark County Coroner Dr. Ronald Rusnak. "There are many loved ones that appear to have vanished. Please help us identify this individual so that we may bring closure to those who knew and loved this individual."
Anyone with information on the man's identity can call the Stark County Sheriff's Office at 330-430-3823.