Tampa Bay Cold Case Project | CASE 2
Hillsborough County Cold Case Service Learning Initiative
"5 Cases in 5 Weeks"
HCSO Case No: 2006-002620
MEO Case No: ME08-06938/06-00026
USF Case No: USF08-005
NamUs Link: https://identifyus.org/cases/52
- In January a woman discovered a human bone while cleaning her yard and believed that her dog must have retrieved the bone from someplace on the land surrounding her property. The woman told law enforcement officers that she had recently found other bones in her yard but believed they were animal. More than two years later, her husband was walking through the nearby woods when he located a tent between some bushes. As he walked closer to the tent, he found additional remains, believing that this was linked to those found earlier.
On January 2nd, 2006, deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
located the remains of a man off of Highway 674, approximately ½ mile west of Interstate
75 in Ruskin, Florida. Additional evidence was found on a wooded lot in an orange
camping tent with black trim on November 19th, 2008. The identity of the man remains
Skeletal analysis of the remains estimated the age of this white male to be between
30 and 50 years old. His height is reported to be approximately 6 feet tall. Analysis
revealed that the man suffered from fractures to several body parts during the course
of his life including the chest, left arm, and left leg. His nose was broken and
may have appeared crooked. His left hand was injured and may have affected its use
and mobility. Fractures to the neck and lower back likely caused chronic pain and
mobility problems. Finally, his left leg was shorter than his right which caused
the man to walk with a distorted gait. The man lost several teeth during his life
including all 4 wisdom teeth. The man has a gold inlay on one of his lower left
molars and a full crown on one of his upper left molars. A pair of glasses, a Tampa
Bay Rays hat, a light blue button up shirt, and a black long-sleeve shirt with the
word “Gimme” printed multiple times in orange and green letters on the
front on the shirt were found with the man. Two glass bottles, a small clock radio,
a razor blade holder, and a plastic tobacco package were also found at the scene.
A facial reconstruction that may resemble this individual and a reconstruction of the individual’s clothing were created by the Forensic Anthropology Laboratory at the University of South Florida.
If you have any information regarding the identity of this individual based on the above description and/or the facial and clothing reconstructions, please contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Please contact Sergeant Frank Losat at 813-247-8660, or call the Criminal Investigations Division at 813-247-8600.
If you are looking for a missing person, contact The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) at www.NamUs.gov. NamUs is an online source that enables the public to search for as well as enter information about missing individuals. Many families have found their missing loved one by searching the site for unidentified individuals.
Other Unidentified Cold Cases in Hillsborough County, Florida: http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/medexam/about/unidentified.cfm