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Death Of 33-Year-Old Man Found In Wooded Area Remains A Mystery

New York State Police investigators have released sketches of a man who was found dead in a Putnam County wooded area 33 years ago. Photo Credit: New York State Police
New York State Police investigators have released sketches of a man who was found dead in a Putnam County wooded area 33 years ago. Photo Credit: New York State Police
New York State Police investigators have released a photo of the belongings of a man who was found dead in a Putnam County wooded area 33 years ago. Photo Credit: New York State Police
New York State Police investigators have released a sketch of the man as he may have looked 33 years ago. Photo Credit: New York State Police

More than three decades after a body was discovered in a wooded Putnam County area, New York State Police detectives continue their investigation into the alleged homicide.

A man, believed to be between the ages of 27 and 35 was found on April 2, 1985, in a wooded area near Route 301 in Philipstown, near Canopus Lake and the Appalachian Trail, police said.

According to police, the man - who has not been identified in 33 years - was white, believed to have been 5-foot-10 with brown hair. Dental records and DNA have not yet led to a positive identification, though forensic facial reconstruction and a sketch have been made available to show what the man may have looked like before his death.

Police said the John Doe was found with no identifying paperwork, and only a few belongings on his person at the time of the discovery of his body.

Investigators from the State Police in Wappinger continue to ask for the public’s assistance to identify this man and help solve the circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information about this case can has been asked to contact State Police investigators at the Wappinger Bureau of Criminal Investigation by calling (845) 298-0952 or Troop K at (845) 677-7300. Refer to incident # 3032562.

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