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Charlotte homeless man's body remains unidentified

Posted on September 12, 2021

Updated on September 13, 2021

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Unidentified is a weekly series examining the more than 120 cases of unidentified human remains discovered in North Carolina. News Editor Lindell J. Kay produces each installment for The Enterprise of Spring Hope and other Restoration NewsMedia newspapers.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police circulated this sketch of T-Bone, a homeless man found dead in an abandoned house in 2019.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police circulated this sketch of T-Bone, a homeless man found dead in an abandoned house in 2019.

CHARLOTTE — Known only by the nickname T-Bone, a homeless man who lived and died in abandoned houses in the state’s largest city remains unidentified a decade later.

T-Bone, a mild-mannered man with a speech impediment, never bothered anyone and was always polite, according to people who remember him as related in reports of his death.

T-Bone died in an abandoned house on Idaho Drive in Charlotte. His body was found Feb. 15, 2009. Medical examiners believe he died within a year of his body’s discovery.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police circulated a sketch of T-Bone because his remains were too decomposed and putrefied to be recognizable. So far, no one has been able to identify him beyond his nickname.

Washed ashore, unearthed in shallow graves, stumbled upon in the woods, discovered in abandoned houses, killed on busy roads and located in rivers, ponds and along railroad tracks, more than 100 bodies remain unidentified in North Carolina. This is one of their stories.

T-Bone is estimated to be a 45-to-60-year-old Black man who stood 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds. He had black and graying hair with a thick mustache. His eye color is unknown.

T-Bone’s dental information, fingerprints and DNA profile are available for comparison and matching.

His clothing included a camouflage color green and brown jacket, dark T-shirt, dark jeans and white Converse tennis shoes, according to information released by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Found in his pockets were multiple and varied store receipts, used lottery tickets and several bank cards belonging to other people, according to information from the Doe Network, a volunteer-run international clearinghouse for unidentified and missing persons.

T-Bone is listed in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System under the number 11311.

NamUs lists the investigating agency in T-Bone’s case as the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. His autopsy case number is ME09-640.

Anyone with information about T-Bone can call the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Missing Persons Division at 704-336-2811 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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