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Chandler police release sketch of man found dead in 2002; hoping someone may known him

Posted at 11:24 AM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-02 23:46:49-04

Chandler police have released a sketch of a man whose body was found 16 years ago hoping someone may recognize him.

Police said the man's body was found on July 22, 2002 near Arizona Avenue and Appleby Road, just south of Queen Creek Road.

He had no identification on him and police were unable to identify him through fingerprints. The man was wearing light blue jeans, a blue pattern button-down collard shirt and boxer shorts when he was found.

"There's a family somewhere out there that does not know what happened to this loved one," said Detective Seth Tyler with the Chandler Police Department.

Police said the man had no visible signs of trauma and have not found any evidence that he was the victim of a crime. They also found a bullet in his left leg below the knee, but said that was not a factor in his death.

They partnered with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to create the sketch. Authorities believe the man was of Hispanic origin and between 30 and 45 when he died.

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or Detective Ynclan at 480-782-4105.