In June 2021, the skeletal remains of an unidentified man were discovered in an open field at 1000 Silver Street in the city of Middletown. The unknown man’s left femur and right ulna were recovered when the discovery was made. Investigators estimate that the man stood 6’0” in height. However, they were unable to make determinations about the man’s ethnicity, age, weight, eye color, hair color, or cause of death. Investigators estimate that the man had died over a year prior to the discovery of his remains.
Since the discovery of the unknown man’s remains, law enforcement investigators have diligently pursued various leads about the unknown man’s identity. In the days following the discovery of the remains in June 2021, the case was entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) as case number #UP81587. Despite the exhaustive efforts of law enforcement, the man’s identity has remained a mystery. With few leads for investigators to pursue, the case went cold.
In 2022, the Connecticut Office of Chief Medical Examiner partnered with Othram to determine if advanced forensic DNA testing could help establish an identity for the man or a close relative. Anyone with information that could aid in this investigation is encouraged to contact the Connecticut Office of Chief Medical Examiner by calling 860-679-3980 and referencing agency case 21-13367 or NamUs ID #UP81587.
A DNASolves crowdfund has been created to raise funds for the remaining casework costs. Anyone can contribute here.