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Investigators hope tattoos can lead to body's ID

Jun 24, 2010 9:04:00 AM - thestate.com
A man found dead in the Sumter National Forest in Newberry County remains unidentified, and Newberry County Sheriff's investigators are turning to the public, hoping someone will know him by his tattoos.

The man was found June 14 by utility crews on David Branch Road off Jalapa Road near Interstate 26.

Toxicology test results have not been returned to the Newberry County Coroner's Office and an official cause of death has not been determined.

Fingerprints taken from the body have not matched any state or national databases, the sheriff's office said. The body was that of a white man about 5-feet, 7-inches to 5-feet, 8-inches tall. He was wearing a dark tank top, a gray zippered hooded sweatshirt, dark basketball shorts, white shin-length athletic socks and Sailor Jerry Converse high top shoes. The shoes depict a dragon on one side and a woman on the other side.

He was wearing a stainless-steel square necklace and matching bracelet, and a pill box on a neck chain.