Crime

Officials release artist rendering in hopes of identifying Pierce County stabbing victim found in 1989

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office released a likeness Thursday that investigators hope will lead them to the identify of a man found fatally stabbed in 1989.

Officials exhumed the homicide victim’s body in March to get a DNA sample, in hopes of using new technology to identify the man, found March 18, 1989 in a wooded area of the Carbon River Canyon.

The artist rendering is based on the victim’s remains, which investigators think may have been found up to a year after his death.

They hope that rendering, as well as a photo of the type of t-shirt he was wearing, will help the public identify the man.

He is believed to have been between 17 and 24 years old at the time of his death, 5 foot 10, and 155 pounds. Investigators think he was white, with brown hair and brown eyes, and he may have had back pain due to an extra vertebrae and extra right rib. His jaw was narrow, and he had buck teeth.

The shirt he was wearing had a picture of a lion, and the words SINGHA, lager beer, and Boon Rawd Brewery Bangkok.

The man was also wearing Levi jeans, blue and white tennis shoes with Velcro, and a long-sleeved purple button-down shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office at 253-798-6559.

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