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New efforts to ID Newport News drowning victim

10/15/2013, 4:06 p.m.
Newport News police are seeking the public's help in identifying a drowning victim found on Sept. 29, 2012 at Peterson’s ...
The sketch released by police

— Newport News police are seeking the public's help in identifying a drowning victim found on Sept. 29, 2012 at Peterson’s Yacht Basin. Kayakers reported finding the body in the water adjacent to a marshy area.

The Newport News Fire Department’s Marine Response Team responded and recovered the body which was removed to the Medical Examiner’s office in Norfolk to determine a cause of death and attempt to identify the victim. The cause of death was determined to be drowning. However, the victim was never identified.

Based on photographs of the victim at the time he was found, the FBI has prepared a sketch depicting what the victim most likely looked like prior to his death.

The victim is a black male appearing to be in his 40s or 50s, 5’8” to 5’10” tall with a slender build and a moustache. He was wearing a yellow NIKE shirt and black pants with a gold belt. He was not wearing shoes. The victim has no tattoos and was not wearing jewelry.

Detectives are hopeful that, with the sketch and the physical description, someone will recognize the victim and call police making it possible to locate his family and provide for proper handling of the remains.

Anyone who may recognize the victim or have information that may lead to his identity is asked to contact Detective Todd Filer at (757) 928-4200 or to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.