The Weld County Sheriff’s Office and the Weld County Coroner’s Office need some help with an investigation that dates back almost two years.
Skeletal remains of a man turned up several yards from the South Platte River near U.S. Highway 85 and state Highway 52 near Fort Lupton in December 2018. Sheriff’s office spokesman Joe Moylan said the remains were those of a Caucasian man, 45 to 65 years old and about 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall. At the time, the man was weawring a Colorado Divsion of Water resources baseball hat.
Moylan said detectives talked with division of water resources officials but did not get a positive identification of the dead man.
It is believed the man was a transient and that he died in 2016 or earlier,” Moylan said. “The man’s identifying information has been entered in NamUs, a national clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified and unclaimed person cases throughout the United States.”
Authorities also have an artistic reconstruction of the man’s face using his skeletal remains. Moylan said there was no hair recovered when the man was discovered, so hair color is unknown.
The victim had several items with him or nearby. They included a 2 1/2-inch long rubber chicken, a black-and-white, heart-shaped stone charm approximately 1 inch in diameter, Kirkland brand blue jeans, black Hanes boxer briefs, black, extra-large Paradox windbreaker jacket and pants, size 12, men’s Keens brown-and-gray hiking boots, gray hiking socks, a green, gray and orange backpack, a worn Colorado Division of Water Resources baseball cap, a black, 2004 or older Toyota car key in a black, Swiss Gear wallet, a Buck folding pocket knife, a red, Ezred LED flashlight, black and silver wire rim sunglasses and computer cables for connecting antiquated computer equipment.
Anyone who thinks they might know this personi should call Detective Dayle Rosebrock at 970-400-2889, cold case detective Byron Kastilahn at 970-400-2827 or the county’s chief deputy coroner, Joey Weiner at 970-400-4990.