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DNA test identifies victim in decades-old homicide

By Lindell J. Kay
| June 1, 2022

MONCURE — A killer’s diabolical effort to disguise a slain man’s identity worked for nearly 50 years...

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Skeleton found near migrant camp

By Lindell J. Kay
| May 22, 2022

BENSON — A laborer wandering through the Johnston County woods near a migrant camp three decades ago...

Pictured is an earring worn by a woman found dead in an abandoned house in Craven County is 2008. She wore this yellow metal loop earring in her left earlobe.

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Earrings could be big clue in dead woman’s case

By Lindell J. Kay
| May 15, 2022

DOVER — A set of earrings found on an unknown woman’s dead body 14 years ago may one day led to her ...

A homeless man digging for food in a Rocky Mount dumpster in 2007 discovered the body of an unidentified baby boy covered by this plastic Cheetos bucket that investigators believe may be a clue in the case.

Baby John Nash case entered into NamUs

By Lindell J. Kay
| May 2, 2022

ROCKY MOUNT — Fifteen years after the discovery of a baby boy’s dead body in a dumpster, information...

This tatoo on homicide victim Sheldon Prawl's left arm led to his positive identification. Contributed photo

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Arm tattoo helps identify dismembered body stuffed into different buckets

By Lindell J. Kay
| April 26, 2022

This week’s case is about remains found in Rocky Mount a year ago. During my research, I found that ...

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Victim in 1970s murder case has been identified

By Lindell J. Kay
| April 14, 2022

PITTSBORO — A partnership between the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. Unidentified Proj...

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Cutbacks and unsolved cases

By Lindell J. Kay
| April 10, 2022

Have cutbacks in a small Cumberland County town affected investigations, including a case of a woman...

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Woman's skeleton remains unknown

By Lindell J. Kay
| April 10, 2022

SPRING LAKE — Found in the Cumberland County woods four decades ago, a woman’s skeleton is all but f...

This is page 1 of the autopsy of a Raleigh homeless man, 1995.

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Not much to go on...

By Lindell J. Kay
| April 4, 2022

With many of these unidentified body cases, there's just not much to go on. In the case of the homel...

A Raleigh Police Department SUV is shown in an image from the city of Raleigh website. Anyone with information on the identity of a homeless man whose body was found in the woods near Nazareth Street in 1995 is asked to contact Raleigh police.

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Autopsy: Alcohol contributed to burned man’s death

By Lindell J. Kay
| April 4, 2022

RALEIGH — A drunken homeless man who burned to death on a mattress in the woods nearly three decades...

This autopsy photo shows an unidentified man who was dragged to death by a train in Raleigh more than a quarter-century ago.

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Man dragged by train remains a mystery

By Lindell J. Kay
| March 28, 2022

RALEIGH — Authorities haven’t been able to identify a man dragged to his death by a train 26 years ag...

Skull cases are difficult to solve.

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The value of autopsy reports in skull cases

By Lindell J. Kay
| March 24, 2022

I've written about skulls a lot in recent weeks. Setting aside beach bones, skull cases are probably...

The investigation into the death of Nan Schiffman, shown here, led to the discovery of a male human skull that’s never been identified.

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Killer gave his girlfriend a human skull

By Lindell J. Kay
| March 21, 2022

GREENSBORO — A human skull wrapped in a blue jean jacket has to rank as one of the most bizarre thin...

Authorities say forensic genealogy has helped them solve the 1992 murder of Nona Stamey Cobb who was originally an unidentified victim when here body was found on the side of Interstate 77 in Surry County.

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Another example of the value of DNA in cold cases

By Lindell J. Kay
| March 18, 2022

Emerging DNA technology has helped state and local authorities solve a 1992 homicide in North Caroli...

This sketch shows what authorities believe a skull that belonged to a woman found in the ocean in 1992 looked like before death.

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Deep sea fishermen net human skull

By Lindell J. Kay
| March 15, 2022

NEW BERN — Commercial fishermen in the Atlantic Ocean three decades ago pulled up a human skull with...

Bladen County John Doe Autopsy

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Autopsy report for unknown hanged man

By Lindell J. Kay
| March 11, 2022

This is the two-page autopsy report of a skeleton found in the Bladen County woods in 2002. Read the...

This bust shows the possible appearance of a man whose skeleton was found 20 years ago on the ground below a noose in Bladen County.

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Hunters find hanged man’s skeleton

By Lindell J. Kay
| March 7, 2022

TAR HEEL — Rabbit hunters in the Bladen County woods found a pile of bones beneath a noose tied to a...

A dog found a human jawbone in sand on Masonboro Island, an uninhabited barrier island near Wilmington shown in this Coastal Land Trust image.

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Dog finds human jawbone on NC beach

By Lindell J. Kay
| February 28, 2022

WILMINGTON — Next to nothing is known about a human jawbone a dog dug out of the sand four years ago...

This set of images shows forensic artist Wes Neville’s facial reconstructions for a skeleton found in the Robeson County woods in November 2003.

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Unknown man found with bullet holes in his head

By Lindell J. Kay
| February 21, 2022

RED SPRINGS — A skeleton discovered in the Robeson County woods a decade ago had two bullet holes in...

Photo of an autopsy sketch showing entrance and exit wounds to the skull of an unknown man found in Robeson County woods.

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Autopsy sketches, photos for Robeson County case

By Lindell J. Kay
| February 21, 2022

Included here are autopsy sketches and clothing photos of a skeleton with bullet holes in the skull ...


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