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Can clay sculpture solve 19-year-old case?

Provided by the Butler County Sheriff's Office Provided by the Butler County Sheriff's Office
FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

Authorities are turning to the public for help as they work to solve a 19-year-old case.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office released clay renderings this week of a man whose body found floating in the Great Miami River on May 18,1997.

The sculptures show a range of what the man may have looked like at various ages, investigators say.

The initial sketch of the victim shows him as a white man, age 35-60 who stands about 5’10” and weighs 120 to 140 pounds.

All his teeth had been surgically removed within a year before death.

There also was evidence of a surgical repair to the bone over his right eye, which likely would have left a scar in that area.

He may have been in the water for 9 months or more.

He could have been injured on the nearby Woodsdale Bridge and might have been knocked into the river, but the body could have entered the water anywhere north, sheriff's officials said.

When he was found, investigators say he was wearing cutoff "structure" brand jeans, a brown leather belt, a beaded black and silver necklace and a maroon watch band.

His DNA was compared to others in the databases, but no match was found.

If a possible relative were to come forward, advances in DNA technology may allow for a comparison test.

Any information with information is asked to contact the Butler County Sheriff's Office: 513-785-1300.

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