Tuesday, November 07, 2000

Rings, tattoos may hold key to victim's ID

Man was found dead inside burning trash bin

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati police hope a series of tattoos will help identify a man firefighters found dead in a Walnut Hills trash bin over the weekend after they put out a fire.

The dead man was wearing these silver-colored metal rings
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        Investigators have received about 30 calls but still have no leads as to who the man might be.

        On Monday, they released descriptions of the man's tattoos in hopes someone might recognize them.

        Authorities have described the man as 25-35 years old, of unknown race, 230-250 pounds, dark hair, prominent eyebrows and a thick mustache that came below the corners of his mouth.

        He was wearing a sky-blue and yellow or cream-colored vertically striped shirt and had four prominent tattoos:

        • A deep red-colored little devil on the side of the neck.

        • A face on the top of the right shoulder.

        • A dragon with a horn and heart on the upper right arm.

        • A face with long hair and a beard on the chest, starting at the neck and ending at the middle of the chest

        Investigators released photographs of two rings the man was wearing — one silver ring with a large, flat, black stone and anoth er in the shape of an eagle's head.

        Calls have been mostly from people who have not seen relatives or boyfriends in a while or from bosses whose employees have not shown up for work.

        “A lot of times it takes people a couple of days to talk to us,” said Detective Charlie Beaver, an investigator in the case.

        “We're going to recanvass the neighborhood probably (today).”

        Firefighters were called to a blaze about 11:30 p.m. Saturday near Buena Vista Place and Kerper Avenue in Walnut Hills.

        As they put out the fire they noticed a man's burning body.

        Investigators would not give specifics about the way the man died but said in a news release that an autopsy confirmed he died “as a result of homicidal violence.”

        Though the man had a cell phone, it melted, so a number could not be traced from it.

        If you have information about the incident or recognize one of the rings or tattoos, call Crimestoppers at 352-3040 or the Homicide Unit at at 352-3542. Callers can remain anonymous and may be compensated for information.


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