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.
A man was killed and his body dismembered and dumped into different parts of some woods in Gwinnett County. And more than five years later, police are still trying to determine the man’s identity – and who killed him.
The man is the only unidentified victim of the Gwinnett County police department, which last week was able to close their only other case just days after the man was featured on this site.
His remains were found on July 15, 2009 when a resident walking in the area decided to investigate a foul odor and found a partially decomposed torso in some woods off Woodward Mill Road near Satellite Boulevard in unincorporated Buford, police said.
The decomposing body, which was partially wrapped in plastic, was found a short distance from the roadway, police said. When investigators arrived, they decided to secure the scene and wait until daylight to properly process and preserve any evidence.
The man had been dead for more than a week, police said.
On Jan. 5, 2012, hunters found a skull, arms and legs about 5 to 8 miles from where the torso was found, according to the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office.
"There were two distinct dunp sites," Investigator Eddie Reeves said. "The torso was dumped in one area and the other remains dumped in another."
The chief examiner was able to match them to the torso, Reeves said. She was also able to determine the cause and manner of death, he said.
The man had been murdered, but Reeves declined to release any details on how he was killed. The victim's information has been entered on NamUs, a nationwide online site that lists the unidentified and unclaimed. The man was a white, hispanic or Latino male between 20 and 40 years old, according to the site.No clothes were found with the body, Reeves said.
DNA have been extracted from parts of the remains and submitted to the University of North Texas for testing and his information has been added to a national database in hopes that one day investigators will obtain a matching profile.
Anyone with information about the incident or knows the identity of the deceased is asked to call Gwinnett County Police at (770) 513-5300. Persons can also call Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-TIPS. Anonymous tips are welcome and could lead to a monetary reward of up to $2,000.