Investigators in North Carolina are asking for the public’s help in identifying the remains of a man found in the woods of Cherokee County under mysterious circumstances.
They say they have no activity missing person cases in the area, about 185 miles west of Asheville, and evidence at the scene showed the man had been deceased for some time, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
The remains were sent to the state medical examiner’s office, according to the sheriff’s office.
A watch found near the remains of an unidentified man in Cherokee County, North Carolina. (Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)
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“Preliminary analysis indicates that the victim is a larger male who may be up to 50 years old,” the sheriff said in a statement.
Police found some of his personal belongings near the 6200 block of Brasstown Road in Murphy. The items included glasses, a watch and a digital camera containing several photos. They hope the public can use these details to help identify the man.
Glasses found near the remains of an unidentified man in Cherokee County, North Carolina. (Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)
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There are several Bic lighters, a red tactical flashlight, a set of silverware, and a steel watch with gold trim, among other items.
Camera photos show a wooded campsite with clothes hanging out to dry, a shot of a panting landscape on a canvas, an old barn and the front door of an RV.
An image found on a digital camera discovered near the remains of an unidentified man in Cherokee County, North Carolina. (Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)
There are also tortoiseshell glasses and a pair of reading glasses in a black and gold case.
Anyone who recognizes the objects or images is asked to call the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 835-3144.
The sheriff’s office could not immediately be reached for comment Monday evening.
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