This case is an unusual one... http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/502umal.html Unidentified White Male * The victim was discovered on December 21, 1991 in Dekalb County, Alabama * Estimated Time of Death: August 1991 * The man died from asphyxiation caused by hanging, which was ruled a suicide. * Skeletal Remains Vital Statistics * Estimated Age: 18-25 years old * Approximate Height and Weight: 5'11"- 6'1"; 165-180 lbs. * Distinguishing Characteristics: Possibly mixed race of Native/White. Hair samples provided conflicting evidence of the man's race. A Department of Forensic Sciences report said the hair samples were consistent with a Caucasian. * Dentals: The victims teeth were in good condition with several fillings and all wisdom teeth were fully erupted. Dental charts entered in NCIC. * Clothing: Black Levi jeans (size 33-34), a black button-front shirt and white L/A Gear brand athletic shoes (approximately 10 1/2). Also found with the remains was a Gerber brand boot knife. * Fingerprints: Available Case History The victim was located in a wooded area of Dekalb County, Alabama on December 21, 1991. Hunters discovered the partially decomposed body, hanging from a tree, in a wooded area, near the intersection of DeKalb County 51 and Alabama 277 in the Hendrixville community near the Elowah County line. The man apparently died by suicide, probably standing on stacked logs and hanging himself from a while rope tied to a tree. In September 1991, an abandoned car with North Dakota license plates was located nearby. An unidentified person reported a blue 1982 Ford Escort abandoned in a gravel pit near DeKalb County 51 and Alabama 227 on September 1. The car, which carried North Dakota tag BBU178, was towed to a garage in Collinsville, but was never searched until the skeletal remains were discovered nearby in December. When officers searched the car December 22, they found several items: a Pizza Hut receipt, dated August 27 from Cullman, Alabama, a ticket stub from Smith Lake, Cullman; a piece of paper bearing the phone number of St. Benedictine's Abbey in Cullman; a notebook; a forged birth certificate from Washington state in the name of Damon Hunter; a blank birth certificate from Washington state; and a note. The note said: "I have a gun. If the cops come, I will kill everyone in here, then myself. Put all the fifties, twenties and tens in a large envelope with this note quickly and calmly." There was speculation that the man found hanged may have robbed a bank or business, but he only had $60 in cash in his belongings. Investigators traced the car to a Fargo, N.D., hotel, where a man using the name Damon Hunter bought it. The man known as Hunter checked into the Donaldson Hotel on August 5 and paid $17.20 for one night's rent. The next day, he paid an additional $53.75 for another week. Police called St. Benedictine's Abbey, where someone told officers that a white male called the Abbey during the late summer of 1991. The young man said he was in serious financial trouble. He said the people he owed had already assaulted him and threatened his parents. The man also said he was considering robbery to obtain the money he needed. The identity of the man who called the abbey and his connection to the abandoned vehicle and the skeleton have not been determined. Investigators If you have any information about this case please contact: Alabama Bureau of Investigation Lt. Marvin Roye 205-322-4691 You may remain anonymous when submitting information. NCIC Number: U-546893200 Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.