Facial reconstruction released of man found dead in Twinsburg more than 20 years ago

Posted at 1:36 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 15:38:21-05

The Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Twinsburg police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man whose body was found more than 20 years ago.

"Somebody out there knows something. We're hoping to solve this," said Twinsburg Det Sgt. Craig Bremner.

The man is believed to be an African American male between the age of 20-30 years old at approximately 5'6" tall.

His remains were found on Feb. 18, 1982 behind a business at 3047 Canon Road in Twinsburg. Workers at the nearby business found a human skull. “Approximately, 40 or 50 feet away there was a bag of bones," added Bremner.

The clay model was created by a forensic artist in an effort to help Summit County authorities identify the man.

Twinsburg police reached out to BCI for help in solving this murder mystery. So far, only five police departments statewide have asked for help with forensic facial reconstruction. Of those cold cases, one has been solved. Twinsburg police are hoping their case is next.

"While his remains were discovered in 1982, we believe that his death occurred approximately a year and half before that," said Chief Christopher J. Noga in a statement from the attorney general's office.

Police believe John Doe could be from outside of Ohio.

"It's my feeling, he could be from the Detroit area. At that time, there was an automotive plant that was bringing workers from Detroit, Michigan to the area. Just my theory. Could be a possibility," said Bremner.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact BCI's missing person's unit at 855-224-6646.