Almost 35 years after a man's remains were found, police are still hoping someone can recognize his face, as reconstructed by a forensic artist.
“BCI assists law enforcement and helps families reunite with their loved ones because everybody is somebody to someone," said Yost, whose investigators have seen recent successes in several decades-old cases.
In this most recent investigative effort, authorities believe that the man had lain undiscovered for three to five years before his remains were found on Sept. 10, 1987, near Mount Hope Cemetery in Youngstown.
Steve Irwin, a spokesman for Yost's office, said he didn't have details about how the discovery was made. He also said that the cause of the man's death was unknown.
The reconstruction was done at the request of the Mahoning County Coroner's Office, and Youngstown police are also involved in the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office at 330-740-2175.
In early 2019, shortly after Yost took office, investigators said a relative's DNA was used to identify a trucker suspected in a string of killings dating to the 1990s.
In June 2019, they announced that a relative's DNA had been used to identify a 23-year-old Louisiana woman whose slaying had been connected to an Ohio death row inmate.
In March 2020, Yost's office announced that investigators had identified two women who had remained unidentified for more than two decades after they were found deceased in separate instances in Columbus, Ohio.
Even though forensic artists did renderings of both women, it still took several more years of investigative work to confirm their identities through fingerprints and DNA.
Yost's office points out that the forensic artist can also produce age-progression photographs to help find missing persons.
Police or family members who might need help from BCI's Missing Persons Unit may call 855-BCI-OHIO (855-224-6446).