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DuPage County Sheriff

James Mendrick

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information: Domrose #563 ~ 630.407.2010

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sheriff Investigates Found Human Remains ~ Update

 

UPDATE

 

Sheriff’s Detectives continue to ask for the public’s help in identifying human remains found in the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, in April of 2010. 

 

The remains are believed to be that of a Hispanic or Native American male between the ages of 45 and 65 years old.  He was missing numerous teeth, including the two front upper teeth, prior to his death.  The pictured sweatshirt was located with the remains.  The composite photo was furnished by the FACES Lab at Louisiana State University, who did facial reconstruction on the man’s skull. 

 

During the investigation Detectives learned of the name Manuel Romero.  The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office is interested in speaking with anyone who is familiar with or has had contact with Manuel Romero. Please contact the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations at 630-407-2333.

 

UPDATE – July 1, 2013

 

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in identifying the human remains that were found in April 2010 at the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in unincorporated Wheaton.

 

This past winter, the Sheriff’s Office along with the DuPage County Coroner Office sent the remains that were found to the FACES Labs at Louisiana State University for a digital facial reconstruction. The attached photo shows that remains are of a male, possibly of a Hispanic or Native American decent, between the age 45 and 65 years of old, with a very distinctive dental pattern.

 

 If anyone recognizes the deceased or has any information they are asked to call the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations at 630-407-2400. For more information regarding the found remains, go to www.namus.gov, click on unidentified persons, search case number M10-125.

 

Original Release – April 13, 2010

 

          Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying human remains that were found April 13th, 2010 in the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in unincorporated Wheaton.

 

The investigation so far has determined that the victim has a very distinct teeth pattern, with missing teeth in the front. Also the victim was possibly wearing a grey sweat shirt with a logo on the left front saying “Little Nicky,” with a brand name of the Hanes, in the size of Extra Large.

 

  At this time the sex and race of the victim are still unknown and the cause of death is still under investigation.

 

          If anyone has any information or knows of a missing person fitting any of the description listed they are asked to call the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations at 630-407-2400.       

 

Updates will made when further information becomes available.

 

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The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office reminds readers that any charges indicated in this document are merely accusations, and the listed defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.