Update: Gwinnett officials still seeking help in identifying human remains found

Officials confirm the remains do not belong to Justin Gaines

Update: Four more bones were found of an unidentified male in Gwinnett County following a second search by the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted a second search. However, no personal effect have been found and no cause of death been determined. The medical examiner believes it is possible that the man may have been associated with the contractors responsible for the construction of nearby subdivisions. Officials are asking  the people to take a second look at the sketch and report any tips immediately.

Initial Story

The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the skeletal remains of a man who was found July 2015 in a wooded area between Satellite Blvd and Buford Highway near Suwanee Creek in Buford. The following is a reconstruction skit made by Kelly Lawson, a Georgia Bureau of Information forensic Artist. Exact information about hair color, hair length, or skin tone is unknown.

The image is based on the artist’s impressions. The medical examiner has confirmed that these remains do not belong to Justin Gaines.

According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, the remains of this person had been in the woods for several years when they were discovered. The following description was given. “The man was estimated to be between 25-40 years of age and 5’3” to 5’7.” No clothing or personal effects were located due to the amount of time the man was at the location. The remains show multiple composite fillings and one root canal involving a tooth of the lower jaw. These impressions have been confirmed by a forensic anthropologist. There were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play noted at the scene. There is also no manner and cause of death at this time.”

If anyone has any information to share in this case, they are asked to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.  You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637).  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case #15065056



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