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Allegheny County Medical Examiner asks for help identifying skeletal remains

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 5:51 p.m.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office needs help with identifying the skeletal remains of a man found July 14 in a makeshift shelter in Frank Curto Park off Bigelow Boulevard, between the Strip District and Polish Hill.

A team of forensic anthropologists from the University of Pittsburgh believes the remains are those of a black man in his 60s who was between 5 feet, 6 inches and 6 feet tall, said Medical Examiner Dr. Karl E. Williams. Deterioration makes precise evaluation difficult, Williams said on Wednesday.

Remnants suggest the man wore maroon Champion shorts with Carnegie Mellon University lettering and a blue Tar Heels T-shirt, Williams said.

Investigators believe the remains were there at least two years. Some printed receipts found at the scene are dated July 2011, Williams said.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call the medical examiner at 412-350-4800.

Michael Hasch is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7820 or at

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