Doe Case 664UMAR (This appears to be the relevant Doe Case, although the forensic sketch bears little resemblance) http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/661umar.html Jerry Lee Armstrong http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/a/armstrong_jerry.html Source: http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/news/local/found+remains+could+solve+30-year+old+cold+case Found Remains Could Solve 30-Year Old Cold Case Desoto County, Mississippi Sheriff's investigators have learned the remains of a Hernando High School football player, missing since 1977, may have been found in Arkansas. FOX13 first aired the Jerry Lee Armstrong cold case in September. Since then the FBI got involved and the sheriff's deputies say they've received a lot of new information. Investigators say they're excited about the progress in the case and hope to use DNA to positively identify remains found in Arkansas and bring the family some answers. Commander Fred Perez with the Desoto County Sheriff's Office says the remains of 18-year old Jerry Lee Armstrong, missing for nearly 32 years, may have been found in Poinsett County, Arkansas. Perez says, "This case seems to get more interesting every day. We got a call from the medical examiner in Little Rock saying they found remains and the computer indicates it could be a possible match." Armstrong disappeared from Hernando, Mississippi December 23rd, 1977. That night, he drove to prom at the National Guard Armory in his brother's 1973 white Pontiac Le Mans. It was the last time the Hernando High School football player or the car was seen. The remains, found in Poinsett County, are believed to be around 30 years old. The Medical Examiner determined they belong to an African American male between 16 and 19 years old. Poinsett County is about an hour and a half northwest of Hernando. Perez says, "They haven't been able to find any missing persons this would match up with and proximity to us. How do I say this? It's encouraging." The remains were found in 2001 in the St. Francis River, by a fisherman. Investigators say they were once buried. Perez says, "the remains were unearthed because of their proximity to river. They washed up when the river went down, that's why fisherman was able to see something that looked unusual." Investigators are now collecting DNA from Armstrong's surviving family members in hopes of making a positive ID. The potential match was discovered just a few weeks ago, because Armstrongs' information was just entered into a national database designed to help identify unknown remains. Perez says, "I think it's something could have been done years ago but again not a lot of proactive things were done on this case." Perez feels the case was not investigated properly, but says he and the new sheriff are dedicated to giving it the attention it deserves and hope to bring the Armstrong family closure. Perez says they hope to have the DNA results back in 6 months and hopes they'll be able to determine a cause of death. If you have information about the case, call Desoto County Crime Stoppers at 662-429-TIPS (8477). As always you can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Perez is also interested in a 1986 newspaper article about a car that was excavated on the East side of Desoto County in a an area called Dark Corners. There was not a picture of the car. In the article, the writer says investigators asked them to not publish it for a few days because it might "hinder their investigation." Perez says, "We have nothing in our file that indicates anything about the investigation." He says it's possible it could be the Le Mans Armstrong was driving that night. The LeMans was actually Armstrong's brother's car. The Armstrong family always thought Jerry Lee was murdered as a result of mistaken identity. They feel whoever killed Jerry Lee was really after his brother, who was dating a white girl at the time. Perez says newspaper articles from the 1970's show the KKK was active in the area at the time. He says if the remains turn out to be Armstrong's and if the medical examiner determines foul play was involved, Perez says, "to think it's not racially motivated would be naive."