State Seeks ID On 220 Deceased

Remains Found Between 1986 and 2012

Posted: January 21, 2013

HARRISONBURG — The office of the chief medical examiner has unveiled models and photographs showing the approximate facial appearance of four individuals found dead in western Virginia in separate locations between 1986 and 2012, but whose identities are unknown.

Currently, the medical examiner’s office has 220 sets of remains for unidentified individuals who died in Virginia. Some remains date back to the 1970s.

“We hope that by presenting the facial approximations to the public someone will recognize one of these individuals as his or her long lost loved one,” said Chief Medical Examiner Leah Bush. “We’re working with sheriff’s offices in Alleghany, Carroll, Lee and Pittsylvania counties to help identify these remains, and we encourage anyone with any information on these individuals to contact us.”

Photographs of the facial approximations are available online at Anyone with information or questions about these individuals should call the Western District Office of the chief medical examiner at 540-561-6615.
— Staff Reports