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20 Years Later, Boy Found Dead in Philly Remains Nameless



    Boy's Body Unidentified for 20 Years Seeks Public's Help With Composite Sketch

    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children needs the public's help in identifying this young man who was found dead in Fairmount Park nearly 20 years ago. (Published Monday, Jan. 5, 2015)

    Nearly 20 years after he was found shot to death in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, a boy remains nameless.

    As we approach the October anniversary of his death, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children are asking the public to "help us give him back his name."

    The organization shared a new composite sketch late last month in hopes of identifying the unknown homicide victim, who was discovered by a jogger the morning of Oct. 27, 1995.

    The remains were found in the park near the Mann Music Center, according to a post on the Help ID Me Facebook page, which is run by NCMEC.

    About 15-feet away from the lifeless body, police found tire tracks --  leading investigators to the possibility he was dumped in the park after being killed in another location, the post said.

    The boy, who authorities said was approximately 16- to 19-years-old at the time of his death, was wearing a red T-shirt and a long-sleeved Sergio Tacchini brand sweatshirt with the words, "Railway Express" in black, green and tan across the front, black Boss label jeans, a hooded gray down jacket and black Reebok high-top sneakers, according to NCMEC.

    The teen's hair was styled in cornrows and he had a well-healed scar on the back of his right forearm, NCMEC said.  He was 5-feet 11-inches tall and weighed about 160 pounds, according to authorities.

    The organization urges anyone with information to call 1-800-THE-LOST.

    Contact Alison Burdo at 610.668.5635, alison.burdo@nbcuni.com or follow @NewsBurd on Twitter.