Facial models used to spark leads in three death investigations - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Facial models used to spark leads in three death investigations

Found in October 1995 on an urban farm off Angus Road. Found in October 1995 on an urban farm off Angus Road.
Found above the pipeline rapids at the start of Independence Day weekend, 2004. He is believed to be in his mid to late 20's. Found above the pipeline rapids at the start of Independence Day weekend, 2004. He is believed to be in his mid to late 20's.
Found in September 2000 in the woods near an industrial area off East Commerce. A man believed to be in his 50's with a size 12 shoe. Found in September 2000 in the woods near an industrial area off East Commerce. A man believed to be in his 50's with a size 12 shoe.

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You may be able to crack the mystery surrounding three unsolved death investigations in Richmond. Facial models were created the FBI. Up until now, police only had skeletal remains to work from.

Look at the models--- and get your family or friends to do the same. The three men may not have been from Richmond. The medical examiner doesn't know how they died but is working with a Richmond Police major crimes detective to help bring some closure.

They now have faces. In one case after nearly two decades. But no names. That's where you come in to help solve a mystery.

"You don't know who the family is to go ask them when they were last seen alive. You don't know who their associates or who their friends are," said Dr. Leah Bush, Chief Medical Examiner.

The most recent case involves a man believed to be in his mid to late 20's. Two kayakers on the James came across a badly decomposed body above the pipeline rapids at the start of Independence Day weekend, 2004.

Four years earlier, in September 2000, a grisly discovery in the woods near an industrial area off East Commerce. A man believed to be in his 50's with a size 12 shoe.

The oldest case dates back to October 95. The scene unfolded on an urban farm off Angus Road.

Angus Road is a dead end. It seems to be the place where people come to dump their trash.  Nearly 20 years ago, police say a dog started bringing bones home to its owner eventually a skull.

Facial models were created by forensic anthropologists at Quantico. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Leah Bush stressed even though the bodies were found in Richmond, that doesn't mean the men were from here.

"These people could be traveling through Richmond and met their death. They could be from across Virginia or even across the country," said Dr. Bush.

They've had success before with a model like this.

Take a look at the resemblance between one and an actual picture of Andre Macklin. He went missing in the Tidewater area in 1996. The case closed last year.    

"We were able, with new information from the family, get DNA, use this new technology," said Dr. Bush.

Pictures of the facial models have also been entered into case files of the National Missing and Unidentified Systems.

If any of the facial models resemble someone you know, call the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Investigators would like to speak with you. The number is 786-3174.

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly