BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Putting the heat on a cold case. Investigators are looking for the identity of a man who seemingly vanished a decade ago.
An unidentified body was found on River Road near Tar Heel nine years ago. Today, the bladen county sheriff's office is one step closer to putting a name to his face. They've just released a reconstructed composite of the man's face.
Hunters found the remains in February 2002, but sources say the man could have gone missing as early as August 2000.
Deputies know the skeleton belonged to a man between the ages of 26 and 40, who stood between 5'6" and 5'8" tall. He was either black or hispanic and had two teeth missing from his upper jaw and multiple fillings. Around his neck was a gold chain with a woman's thin gold hoop earring attached.
Investigators think the man may have disappeared without taking anything that belonged to him, didn't show up for work or hasn't been heard from since fall of 2000.