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Body that washed ashore in Ohio in 1989 identified as Detroit area man

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 15:49:19-04

Authorities have identified a body that washed ashore in Lorain, Ohio more than 20 years ago, but police are now seeking information about why the man was in the area. 

On April 3, 1989, the body washed up among the rocks behind 3824 West Erie Avenue. Investigators were originally unable to identify the man but, thanks to new technology, officials have recently learned the man was 36-year-old Terrence Patrick Brennan. 

 The Lorain Police Department and the Lorain County Coroner’s Office have been trying to contact the man's family but have so far been unsuccessful. 

When he was found, Brennan was wearing a western style shirt, blue jeans and one cowboy boot.  He had a yellow, metal cross with a circle and two turquoise stones, with two additional stones missing.  He was also wearing a Seiko brand wrist watch.

He is believed to be from a suburb of Detroit and police are unsure why he was in Northeast Ohio in 1989. 

Anyone with information regarding the identity of family members of Brennan are asked to contact Det. John Dougherty of the Lorain Police Detective Bureau at (440) 204-2105.