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Loudoun sheriff tries to ID shooting victim whose remains were found in 1988

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man whose skeletal remains were found more than 25 years ago near Purcellville, Va.

The sheriff’s office said the body was discovered March 8, 1988, wrapped in a blanket, on Route 761. The man had been shot, the office said.

The sheriff’s office described the man as white or Hispanic, in his 50s, about 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 10 tall, having a “stocky build,” maybe reddish brown hair and wearing Sears-brand black polyester pants with a 42-inch waist and 29-inch inseam, as well as red socks. A full upper denture was found next to his body, according to the office.

A facial reconstruction of the victim was also released.

The effort to identify the victim comes about two years after Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman took office and promised to revisit unsolved cases. The sheriff’s office is also looking into four other cold cases, according to its Web site.

Facial resconstruction of unidentified man. (Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)

The office is asking anyone with information about the victim or what happened to him to call Det. S. Schochet at 703-777-0475. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919 or toll-free at 1-877-777-1931. Information can be shared online at or

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