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Coroner asks public for help in identifying man found dead near Harvard

Digital facial reconstruction completed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff Forensic Imaging Unit of an unidentified man found dead in Harvard in 2019.

Nearly a year after authorities found a man deceased in a conservation area in Harvard, the coroner’s office has been unable to identify him and is asking for the public’s help.

The McHenry County Conservation Police and McHenry County Coroner’s Office responded on May 4, 2019 to a remote area of Rush Creek Conservation Area in Harvard for a death investigation.

The remains were an unidentified white male estimated to have been between 50 and 70 years old. He had short grey hair, facial hair, weighed 224 pounds and was 5-foot-10.

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office attempted to identify the man using fingerprints, dental examinations, and DNA analysis with no results. The man’s death is not believed to be suspicious.

The man was found wearing the following clothing items at the time of his death: Black fleece beanie hat, blue/brown Swiss Tech coat (size XL), Carhartt Collinston brushed fleece sherpa-lined zip sweatshirt (size XL), back and grey polo t-shirt, grey knit scarf with purple trim, black Cold Weather Grip brand gloves and blue George jeans (size 36×32)

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He also was wearing a brown belt with a silver buckle, blue Hanes polka dot boxer briefs, black Active Ankle brace on each ankle, white and grey socks, and black Asics gym shoes (size 11).

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office was assisted by the Palm Beach County Sheriff Forensic Imaging Unit to compile a digital facial reconstruction in the above photo.

The reconstruction image was created with cutting-edge digital technology and is not an actual photograph of the man, officials said.

Anyone who knows of a missing person resembling the forensic sketch or who knows the man’s identity is asked to contact McHenry County Chief Deputy Coroner Olivia Zednick at 815-334-3347.


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