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Group to look for DNA match in Mt. Airy case

Posted on January 20, 2022

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

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

Here's a page from my book of the dead that includes gathered information on the Mt. Airy case.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise

Here's a page from my book of the dead that includes gathered information on the Mt. Airy case.

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

Contributed photo

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

Here's a page from my book of the dead that includes gathered information on the Mt. Airy case.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise

Here's a page from my book of the dead that includes gathered information on the Mt. Airy case.

Here's a page from my book of the dead that includes gathered information on the Mt. Airy case.
Illustrations show the face of an unidentified man who died 17 years ago on the Appalachian Trail in Haywood County.
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The cause of death is not confirmed. However, during the autopsy the unidentified man was found to have several injuries that were consistent with being hit by a motor vehicle." - Michael Vogen, director of Case Management for Othram Labs in Texas.

With several successful identifications under their belt, the N.C. Unidentified Project and Othram Labs are turning their attention to a case on which I've previously reported.

The partnership is crowd-funding the project.

You can read my story by clicking here.

And here's the press release from Othram:

(It includes information not previously made public.)

The N.C. Unidentified Project partners with Othram to identify a John Doe from 2004

For nearly two decades, an unknown man, likely hit by a car, has remained unidentified.

In May 2004, the body of an unidentified man was found in a grassy area off exit 7, eastbound I-40 in Haywood County, North Carolina.

The unidentified man was described as caucasian, with black hair, brown eyes, and a mustache and goatee. He stood at 6'1" and was 123 lbs. at the time of death.

He was believed to be between the ages of 25-40 years old at the time of death.

The cause of death is not confirmed. However, during the autopsy the unidentified man was found to have several injuries that were consistent with being hit by a motor vehicle.

The estimated time of death was within 24-hours of his discovery and so initially, it was hoped that someone would recognize him.

An artist rendering has been released but so far, no one has come forward with information that can identify who the man.

The N.C. Unidentified Project has now partnered with Othram with the goal of using advanced forensic technology to identify this man or his family.

A DNASolves fund has been created to cover the cost of testing for this case.

You can contribute to the cost of testing here.

Anyone with information that could aid in this investigation is encouraged to contact the Haywood County Sheriff's Office at 828-452-6768.

Please refer to NamUs case UP6291.

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