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This sketch shows what authorities believe an unknown man looked like when he died in Haywood County in 2004.

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DNA search underway in Haywood County case

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 24, 2022

MOUNT AIRY — A partnership that solved at least four unidentified body cases in North Carolina last ...

Illustrations show the face of an unidentified man who died 17 years ago on the Appalachian Trail in Haywood County.

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Group to look for DNA match in Mt. Airy case

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 20, 2022

With several successful identifications under their belt, the N.C. Unidentified Project and Othram L...

Pants found on a skeleton in the Chatham County woods in 1981.

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On the lack of attention given to Black bodies

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 17, 2022

My research isn't complete, but one disturbing trend is surfacing.  When it comes to unidentified bo...

This evidence photo shows the pair of shoes worn by an unidentified man whose skeleton was found in the Chatham County woods in 1981. The shoes are size 9 brown leather designer slip-ons made by Pierre Cardin.

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Shoes are best clue in skeleton case

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 17, 2022

PITTSBORO — A pair of designer shoes and some ragtag clothing are about the only clues left to the i...

This facial reconstruction image shows the likely appearance of an unidentified man whose skeleton was found in Robeson County in March 1980.

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Body in Robeson still unidentified 42 years later

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 10, 2022

ROWLAND — Not much is known about a skeleton found in the Robeson County woods more than four decade...

Winter woods often lay bare the gruesome remains of bodies dumped in more furtive seasons.

On the discovery of bodies

January 7, 2022

One of the most asked questions I get is why so many unidentified bodies are found around the holida...

This screen capture from Google Maps shows the approximate location in Winston-Salem where an intoxicated man stepped into traffic at U.S. 52 and Liberty Street and died after being struck by a vehicle in 2003. Authorities learned the man’s identity in 2021, but they haven’t released the name.

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Authorities now know identity of man killed in traffic

By Lindell J. Kay
| January 3, 2022

WINSTON-SALEM — Authorities have discovered the identity of an intoxicated man who walked into traff...

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Edward Evans autopsy and death investigation reports

By Lindell J. Kay
| December 28, 2021

Here's a copy of the autopsy and death investigation from the my file on Edward Evans, a man identif...

Advanced DNA testing has identified a man found in the Northampton County woods in 1995. This sketch shows what authorities believed Edward Evans looked like prior to his death. The reconstruction was completed by Autumn Krick, a forensic imaging investigator with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

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DNA identifies man found on Christmas 1995

By Lindell J. Kay
| December 27, 2021

GARYSBURG — Almost 26 years to the day an unknown man was found in the Northampton County woods, adv...

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said his detectives investigate every cold case, including the unidentified remains of a skeleton found south of Nashville on Christmas Day 1982.

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Unknown woman’s skeleton found on Christmas Day

By Lindell J. Kay
| December 20, 2021

NASHVILLE — A hunter tracking a deer in the woods came across a grisly discovery on Christmas Day ne...

Unidentified persons law should be kept by law enforcement

By Lindell J. Kay
| December 17, 2021

A Fayetteville woman missing since January has been identified after investigators matched her to un...

The work boots pictured belong to a skeleton found in the Surry County woods in 2017.

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Few clues found in Mount Airy skeleton case

By Lindell J. Kay
| December 13, 2021

Mount Airy, a quaint borough of 10,000 residents nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain...

Anyone with information about the man whose bones were found scattered in a roadside ditch in December 1979 is asked to call the Clinton Police Department at 910-592-3105.

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Clinton bones have no name

By Lindell J. Kay
| December 6, 2021

CLINTON — Authorities have never put a name to human remains discovered 42 years ago, bones scattere...

This autopsy report diagram shows where an unidentified man received stab wounds to the head and neck. The body was found in an abandoned Wayne County house in early July 1997.

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County-line stabbing never solved

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 29, 2021

EUREKA — Stabbed in the jugular and left in an abandoned Wayne County house, the body of a Hispanic ...

Photographer Ed Caram on Thanksgiving Day 2012. He died of cancer less than a year later.

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Best photographer in the world, loyal friend

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 23, 2021

This week's entry in the UNIDENTIFIED series about bones found at the beach includes a photograph ta...

Surf City police Officer David Beaver holds what was believed to be an 11-inch human bone found on the beach in 2011 in this picture taken by the late Ed Caram, a renowned photographer in the coastal North Carolina area. The bone was later identified as belonging to an animal. Actual human remains that wash ashore are rarely identified, according to authorities.

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Ocean torso’s identity remains unknown

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 21, 2021

Topsail Island has its share of skeletons. From pirates to wartime submarine casualties, bones of th...

A forensic sculpture shows the likely appearance of an unknown woman whose skull was discovered in rural Randolph County in 1997.

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After DNA test, murder victim still unknown

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 15, 2021

ASHEBORO — Only 10 years old when his mother disappeared, Frank McNair has spent decades searching f...

Pictured is page six of my Book of the Dead, filled with information gathered over the past decade about the body of an unknown woman found in the Leland woods in 1979.

Book of the Dead

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 8, 2021

I get asked a lot about the process that goes into writing about unidentified bodies. I often hear, ...

This sketch depicts the likely appearance of an unknown woman whose decomposed body was found in the Brunswick County woods in 1979.

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Woman’s death ‘should not be without a name’

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 8, 2021

LELAND — A 13-year-old boy hunting with his father made a gruesome discovery in the Brunswick County...

Scott Gordon Poole, 54, and Robin Lynn Byrum, 51, were charged with felony concealing the birth of a child after a DNA analysis identified the remains of their infant son. The baby's body was found under a trash can in April 1991.

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Parents arrested in case of baby dumped in trash can decades ago

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 1, 2021

NAGS HEAD — A baby boy beaten in the face, smothered to death and dumped in a trash can more than th...


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