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Investigators still don't have a name, but the appearance is getting clearer of a man whose remains were found 7 months ago along the South Platte River.

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A badly decomposed body was found April 20 on private property near the South Platte River, about a half mile west of the U.S. Highway 83 Bridge over the river in North Platte, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff’s Investigators found and confirmed human skeletal remains, but the sex, age and race of the subject were unknown, with no identification on or near the body.

Investigators removed the remains and placed them into evidence. An autopsy later revealed nothing to indicate foul play, but the person was identified as a 43-55 year-old Caucasian man, probably 5’4” to 5’6” tall.

The man also likely had open heart surgery.

Forensic Odontologists found high quality and very expensive dental work, with gold and porcelain fillings, root canals and a "Flipper" -- a fake tooth attached to an upper retainer, according to a sheriff's statement.

Odontologists also found evidence that the teeth had been brushed a lot and said the man had a very high dental I.Q.

The individual’s dental records were entered into the national data base.

Investigators also sent select bones to the University of North Texas Center for identification, with hopes of obtaining a DNA profile.

The skull was sent to project EDAN in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- 23 experienced, certified forensic artists who volunteer time and talent to assist law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners with the investigation of unidentified decedents.

Project EDAN forensic artists create composite sketches and clay reconstructions of unidentified human remains from skulls and post mortem photographs.

The photographs accompanying this article were created by the forensic artists. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office hopes the photographs may help identify the man.

Anyone with information may contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at (308) 535-9599.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 11/28/2012
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