Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Law Seeks Clues In Dead Man's ID

Harnett County sheriff's investigators are still trying to determine the identity of a man found dead near a storage shack in Kipling last Wednesday.

Investigators have determined that the man died of natural causes, but they don't know who he is. They have put together a composite drawing, hoping for clues.

Harnett Sheriff's Maj. Gary McNeill said they are making progress in the investigation.

"We have a name who we think it might be but we haven't been able to confirm it yet," he said.

Deputies responded to the area near an abandoned building at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when a worker with the Embarq telephone company discovered the body.

Found Near Kipling

The worker found the man's body lying next to the wood line near the shack on U.S. 401. Sheriff Rollins estimated the body had been there at least 48 hours.

The medical examiner said the man died of natural causes. He was carrying no form of identification.

Officials say the man, a white male in his late 40s, is approximately 6 foot, 4 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds. He has no scars or tattoos, but has a large mole on the right forearm.

Anyone with information should contact the Harnett County Sheriff's Office at 893-9111.

- Tom Woerner

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