Investigators hope new sketch will lead to victim ID in cold case

Sketch courtesy NV Department of Public Safety, Investigation Division
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CARSON CITY, Nev. - (KOLO) Investigators are hoping a new sketch will help identify skeletal remains found in the Nevada desert in 1992.

"The victim was a victim of a homicide. He was stabbed several times and was missing his hands and feet," said Det. Michael Marty, an investigator with the Nevada Department of Public Safety. "With the help of a forensic sketch artist from Arizona State University, we have a pretty good likeness of what the victim looked like at the time of the homicide."

He says the victim, a white male between 35 and 50 years old, with reddish hair and between 6'0 and 6'4' tall, was found March 12, 1992 off of Sand Canyon Road south of Wellington. It's estimated he'd been there for four to seventeen months. At that time a clay recreation of the victim's face was made. This current sketch used the victim's actual skull to recreate his likeness.

"I feel a lot better now then when I got the case two years ago and looked at this Cro Magnon head and said this doesn't even look like a human," Marty said. "I have a strong degree of certainty someone is going to recognize this person and call us so we can at least give this family closure."

He says the case has generated thousands of leads over the years and they do have several persons of interest.

"We have dental records, DNA, a lot of things; we're just looking for a name," Marty said.

Secret Witness is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest. That number is (775) 322-4900. Detective Marty's number is (775) 684-7439.