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Police reconstruct likeness of man found in Manoa yard

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

LAST UPDATED: 1:29 p.m. HST, Jul 28, 2011

Honolulu police have crafted a three-dimensional clay head showing what they believe is a possible likeness of a man whose skeletal remains were found in the yard of a Manoa home last year.

Police believe the man, who had three gunshot wounds to his head, died no earlier than 1982 because a coin in his pocket was from that year.

The man appeared to be in his 40s or 50s, and was 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall, said Sgt. Kim Buffett, coordinator for the Honolulu CrimeStoppers program. He was wearing Panatela Levi pants, a dark polo shirt and white tube socks with blue trim.

The skull, which was partially destroyed by the bullet wounds, was reconstructed by the military’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. A copy was sent to the Honolulu Police Department’s Scientific Investigation Section, which reconstructed the face on the skull.

Police also released images of what the man might look like with different hair styles and facial hair.

“We’re hoping somebody can identify this male,” Buffett said Thursday.

HPD’s Missing Persons Detail went through each of the unsolved missing-persons cases in both the 1970s and 1980s and has not been able to find a match.

Initial public outreach on the case netted some leads but none proved significant, Buffett said.

In October, construction workers were digging in the back yard of the Oahu Avenue residence when they unearthed a sock that contained what appeared to be a human foot and leg bones.
The man’s remains were the only ones found on the site, police said. Neighbors said HPD scoured the property for 10 days.

The person who now owns the residence is not the original owner.

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