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New images released in 1989 Pasco cold case homicide

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM
NEW PORT RICHEY -

Pasco County sheriff's detectives hope new evidence will help crack the case of an unidentified body found in a Dade City orange grove in 1989.

With the help of the University of South Florida's Anthropology Department, detectives are releasing new evidence, attempting to jog the public's memory.

"We take these cases very, very seriously," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said. "Pasco County is not going to have the reputation that because at the time of the incident, we can't figure out who did it, then we drop the case and forget about it."

On Jan. 24, 1989 a San Antonio resident was searching a field near Prospect Road in Dade City when he found the body of a man. The body had been there between six months to two years, according to Pasco sheriff's Detective David Boyer.

Investigators were able to rehydrate skin from the man's arm, revealing several tattoos that could identify him.

One tattoo, found on the man's biceps was of a rebel flag and a swastika, a cross, and a skull and flames. At the bottom of that tattoo are the letters "HFD." There was another tattoo on the forearm depicting a dragon and a nude woman.

Additionally, a pair of work pants worn by the unidentified man had the name Randy inscribed on an inside tag. Boyer said the man's name could be Randy or the pants may have been purchased second-hand from someone by that name.

Detectives also released a new composite image of the man by Erin Kimmerle of the USF's Anthropology Department. She used a two-dimensional computer program, allowing for adjustments of the man's facial features.

Evidence also showed the man, who had long, auburn-colored hair, was found with a pair of Givenchy reading glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Boyer at (352) 518-5002.


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