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Police hope tattoos will help identify dead man

The dead man’s left arm holds three tattoos, and D.C. police hope they will be the key to identifying his body more than two weeks after it was found in the Anacostia River.

Officials released three photos of the tattoos as investigators try to identify the body of a man recovered Aug. 10 in the 1500 block of M Street SE.

Police released these photos Monday while trying to identify a body in the Anacostia River. (D.C. Police)

Police identified the man as black, 5’3” tall, 122 lbs. and in his mid-to-late 20s. The black-ink tattoos are a “W” and a “D” and a pair of dice surrounded by what police believe are flames.

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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