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New clues reinvigorate cold case murder

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Deep in the ground of the Sumner Cemetery, new clues have been unearthed in a cold case shrouded in mystery since 1989. “How can you solve a homicide when you don’t know who your victim is?” said renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Kathy Taylor.

Taylor helped the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office exhume the body of an unidentified murder victim. “We found him on the banks of the Carbon River. He died from what appeared to be an obvious stab wound. We never found out who he was,” said Pierce County Detective Ed Troyer. That was back in March. They have since created a digital reconstruction showing what he may have looked like in hopes somebody remembers a man who disappeared. The victim’s DNA has also been entered into a national database.

“People need to understand if they reported people missing in the 60s, 70s, or 80s to call law enforcement and make sure that that report still exists. So, in order to actually investigate it as a homicide, we have to determine who it is so that’s what we’re in the process of doing now. That’s why we exhumed the body to put these new technologies to work to see if we can help get him identified,” said Troyer.

If you have any information on the man’s identity or can help detectives solve the mystery, call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma\Pierce County at 1-800-222-TIPS.