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Article updated: 7/2/2013 5:04 AM

Cops seek help identifying remains found near Wheaton

The DuPage County sheriff's office is asking for help identifying a human skull found more than three years ago near Wheaton. Authorities say the man, believed to be Hispanic or Native American, may have looked like this.

The DuPage County sheriff's office is asking for help identifying a human skull found more than three years ago near Wheaton. Authorities say the man, believed to be Hispanic or Native American, may have looked like this.

 

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The DuPage County sheriff's office is again asking the public for help identifying a human skull found more than three years ago at a Wheaton-area forest preserve.

Authorities on Monday released an image of what the man may have looked like, according to digital facial-reconstruction software. He was described as Hispanic or Native American and 45 to 65 years old. Authorities said he had a "very distinctive dental pattern" with teeth missing in the front.

A man gathering mushrooms found the partial skeletal remains near some clothing about 8:45 a.m. April 13, 2010, in the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve off Butterfield Road near Wheaton. Police identified the clothing as an extra-large, Hanes gray sweatshirt with a "Little Nicky" logo on the front, a black Faded Glory polo shirt, black sweatpants, and a pair of white athletic shoes with no laces.

The remains were described as severely decomposed and absent tissue. Authorities estimated the man died between 2007 and 2009. The cause of death remains undetermined and under investigation.

To report information, call the sheriff's criminal investigations division at (630) 407-2400. Additional information is available online at namus.gov by clicking on "Unidentified Persons" and searching for case number M10-125.

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