FBI and Madera Co Sheriff's look to ID dead man

Friday, January 06, 2012
FBI rendering of an unidentified man found in a Madera County olive orchard.

FBI rendering of an unidentified man found in a Madera County olive orchard. (KFSN Photo / FBI)

The Madera County Sheriff's Department announced Friday that the FBI is helping them try to find the identity of an elderly man who was found dead in an olive orchard in December.

"We still have no idea who he is," said Sheriff Anderson. "We don't know where he lived; if he had family."

Sheriff Anderson said it's still not clear how he died because preliminary autopsy results were inconclusive.

"All we know right now is that the lifeless body of a man was found dumped in an olive orchard four days before Christmas," said Sheriff Anderson.

A forensic specialist with the FBI has released a rendering of the unidentified man (pictured above). The man is described as light skinned elderly African American who is approximately 60-plus years old. He stood 5' 8" tall and weight 160 pounds. He had brown eyes, a shaved head, and a graying mustache and goatee. He had several chipped teeth and some missing teeth. He also had a 8 inch vertical scar between his chest and his abdomen, a small scar across his nose, and a cauliflower left ear.

The man was found at around 9 a.m. on December 21, 2011. His naked body was dumped about two rows into an olive orchard near the southwest corner of Avenue 7 and Road 34 intersection.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Madera County Sheriff's Department at (559) 675-7770.

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