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Skeleton’s poor teeth could be clue to ID

Grant County detectives are asking for help identifying a man found dead with a single gunshot wound last month.

The man's skeletal remains were found Nov. 23 near O'Sullivan Dam in southeast Grant County. Detectives believe he may have been there for more than a year.  Forensic artist Natalie Murry produced a sketch of what the victim may have looked like based on an analysis by The King County Medical Examiner's Office.

The man is believed to have been white or Hispanic, about 35 years old and 5-foot-1 to 6-foot-1, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office. His teeth were in poor condition and his two front teeth were affixed with silver dental caps. One tooth was broken beneath the cap.

The victim was wearing a Phat Farm long-sleeved shirt and short-sleeved shirt, as well as Route 66 dark denim jeans with a 28 waist size. He had an insulated, tan and orange vest and wore a black stocking cap and size 8 1/2 block shoes with Velcro closures.

"Please keep in mind the man's actual hair length and color, facial hair or skin complexion may have been different since it was not possible to determine those features," according to a news release.

Anyone with possible information on the man is asked to call Detective Kim Cook at (509) 754-2011 ext. 471, or email Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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