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The Unidentified: Man dies alone in hospital 2 days after collapsing on roadway

Each year the remains of men, women and children go unidentified. Some are days and some decades old. Some are victims, others their cause of death unknown. Their remains are found after days of decay others die in the hospital with no one by their side. With little or no leads for police to go on, their cases are filed away unsolved. This weekly series will highlight their cases and hopefully help reconnect them with their loved ones who are unaware of what happened to them.

Gwinnett County police have released photos of a man and his belongings, hoping that someone will recognize and help identify him.
Gwinnett County police

A man died two days after he was found on the side of the road having a medical emergency, and now police in Gwinnett County are trying to find out his identity. He has become the second unidentified case for the police department; the other is a victim of a homicide that happened in 2009, officials said.

In this recent case, someone spotted the man who appeared to be in his mid to late 50s collapse on the side of South Old Peachtree Road near Lou Ivy Road on July 29, according to Gwinnett County police. Around 10:15 a.m. that day, officers and firefighters responded to the location and found a man in cardiac arrest, police spokesman Sgt. Randy Work said.

The man was assessed at the scene and transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth in critical condition, Work said. Then around noon on Aug. 1, the man known only as “John Doe” was pronounced dead and his body released to the jurisdiction of the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office, Work said.

“His identity remains unknown at this time,” Work said. “Investigators have exhausted all leads into the identity of this individual at this point.”

The man is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighed about 150 to 160 pounds, police said. He has a distinctive scar on his left arm that appears to be from a prior surgery, Work said.

He was found wearing khaki cargo shorts, a white shirt, white Nike tennis shoes and a UNC white fitted cap, police said. He was also wearing what appeared to be purple gardening gloves, they said. Based on keys found on his person, he may drive a 1998-2002 Toyota, unknown model or color, Work said.

Anyone with information on his identity and any inquiries regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective C. Ellis at (770) 513-5295. If after hours, you will receive a recorded message. Once you reach that, press “2” for the Special Victims Unit mailbox. If you are a family member, please contact GMC in Duluth immediately at (678) 312-6340.

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