Clay model unveiled in homicide cold case

York

The York County district attorney’s office has unveiled a clay sculpture depicting what an unknown man may have looked like years before his skeletal remains were discovered in West Manchester Township in 2013.

Police are still trying to identify the man who was found by a tree trimming crew in a wooded area near the intersection of Loucks Road and Haviland Drive. Investigators have determined the death is a homicide.

The sculpture was crafted by forensic specialists at Penn State University.

“He has a strong jawline and chin, and that’s something that people would remember if they’ve seen it,” forensic artist Jenny Kenyon said.

There are other facial features people might recognize.

“In this person, it’s the fact that he has a broken eye and nasal area,” Kenyon said.

Investigators believe the man was between 35 to 39 years old, about 5’5 to 5’8 tall, and either white or Hispanic. He likely had a muscular build and several missing teeth.

New sketches show his age progression with varying facial hair. 

Investigators aren’t sure how long the remains were in the woods. Their best guess is between three and 20 years.

“Somewhere out there, there’s a family, a friend, someone who is missing a loved one and want to know what happened to them,” District Attorney Dave Sunday said.

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