HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. (July 18, 2014) — A year after a man’s remains were found stuffed inside a metal container and dumped on a rural property, investigators hope new information will crack the case.
A property owner found the remains just outside Brownsburg last July, when a scrapper opened the metal container to dispose of it. They had been sealed from the outside and foul play is suspected.
Since then, anthropologists at the University of Indianapolis have been analyzing the bones. They delivered their final report to detectives with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department last week.
“It’s just a waiting game right now,” Lt. Jim Yetter said.
Detectives are waiting not only for a lab in Texas to try to extract DNA from the bones, but for a possible tip from the community.
Photos of Reebok shoes and a distinctive hat with the logo “Appalachian Mechanical” are what could provide the answer. The items were found with the man’s bones.
It’s still unclear how or when the man died. Anthropologists believe he is a Caucasian or Hispanic man, 40-60 years old, 5’9″ with a muscular build. Fractures in his right hand suggest he could be a boxer and he had dentures on just his top set of teeth.
The hat in particular is what detectives believe could solve the case.
“Maybe this is enough to stir someone’s memory and say, ‘Wow, yeah I do remember that hat, that hat he wore,'” Yetter said.
Detectives have posted the case on a national missing person’s database.
If you recognize the hat or description, call the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department at (317) 745-9354.