Jackson County Sheriff’s Office asks for help with 1978 homicide case

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is hoping someone will be able to identify a man believed to be the victim of a 37-year-old cold case homicide now that they have a computer generated reconstruction of how he may have looked.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified of a human skull found by loggers in a remote wooded area in the Township of Knapp near the Village of Warrens on August 15, 1978.

With the assistance from National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS) and the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification (UNT), an anthropological report of the remains was conducted. The results estimate that the remains are that of a white male about 28-52-years-old.

A forensic artist recently created a computer generated reconstruction of how the victim may have appeared in 1978. The victim’s hairstyle, presence or absence of a beard, mustache, eyeglasses and eye color are not known.

One silver colors Medi-Stud brand post-style earring was found near the body. The earring is believed to have been used by ear piercing salons. Investigators were not able to identify the origin of the earring in 1978.

If you have any information about the identity of the victim or circumstances of the homicide, contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (715) 284-9009.