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Posted on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 12:48 p.m.

Police hope to identify man found dead under Ann Arbor apartment stairwell

By John Counts


Courtesy of Ann Arbor police


Courtesy of Ann Arbor police

Police released sketches Wednesday of a man who was found dead under an Ann Arbor apartment stairwell in May with hopes of identifying him.

A forensic artist recently completed sketches based on the man's skull, according to police. He is a white male between the ages of 40-60 years old and had a healed basal skull fracture on the left side of his head.

The man was found May 13 at an apartment building in the 500 block of South Forest Avenue and was believed to have been dead for two months.

Detectives think the man was homeless because of items found near the scene.

There was no identification found on the man.

A preliminary autopsy turned up no signs of foul play. The man is believed to have died of natural causes, according to police.

If you have any information on this individual please call the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner Office at (734) 232-1127 or Detective Michael Dortch at (734) 794-6930 ext. 49311.

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Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 1:24 a.m.

Did they check with the VA? He was wearing a shirt with a Navy tag, about the right age to be a Vietnam vet with a healed scull fracture based on info in earlier posts...


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 6:27 p.m.

The story says these sketches were based on the man's skull, which means small creatures were at his many identifiers, like his face and his eyes. All his fingertips gone is a surprise.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 12:14 p.m.

i hope that the local groups that serve homeless people are taking a look at this. He probably participated in some of the food programs.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 8:07 a.m.

Minimum age 50 Maximum age 65 Caucasian Male Weight 165# measured Height 67" measured Circumstances of death Found apparent unidentified male human body at the bottom of a stairs not used by tenets of a single family dwelling in Ann Arbor. Decedent was found after the occupants of the home complained of a foul smell. Head hair Red to strawberry long hair approximately 12-15 inches in length Facial hair stubble Clothing on body winter clothing sweater green woolrich; t-shirt blue; kahki color long sleeve button shirt (NAVY) on the collar; sweat pants underwear; socks jeans; blue hoodie Clothing with body blue and gold knit cap sleeping bag maroon Footwear brown work boots Eyewear aviator sunglasses Other items found with body cigarettes Pall Mall several empty packs toiletry items tooth brushes; tooth paste; nail clippers


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 8:01 a.m.

Here's a little bit more info: From the National Missing & Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 2:45 a.m.

I worked at Village Corner for a long time, a block away from he was found. The side profile looks a lot like an old bottle customer who used to come in multiple times a day named Dave. Everybody who worked there loved him, and I really hope it isn't him.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 7:59 a.m.


Nicole Streeter

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 10:11 p.m.

umm ok, so for two months, NO ONE noticed a body, or a SMELL coming from the vicinity? Was there garbage piled on top of him? Did I miss a previous article that explained this?


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 12:14 a.m.

If you walk in back or anywhere near trash in apartment quantity at any location I am sure it would be quite foul.

justice 4

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 7:58 p.m.

"We speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves" The description is he was unidentified your assistance with the identiy will be greatly appreciated. His age range 40-60 yrs old he had shoulder length hair, his eye color was not recognizable otherwise it would of been posted. The sketch was based on measurements a forensic team conducted.


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 6:56 p.m.

It would be helpful if this article had more details, for example; the height, approximate weight and the eye color of this gentleman. Also, are there any scars on his face or tattoos on his body?

John Counts

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 7:42 p.m.

The only additional information like this from the previous story is that the man is white, approximately 40-50 years old with shoulder-length, thin, graying reddish hair.

John Counts

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 6:38 p.m.

Kyle and I have continuously questioned Ann Arbor police about the 18-year-old who was found June 2 near Eisenhower Parkway and Eisenhower Place. We have been assured that once the full toxicology report is finished, the man's name and more information will be released.


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 9:26 p.m.

Sean, It's our business because authorities found a dead body and have been using city resources for their investigation.

John Counts

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 7:40 p.m.

Hi Dave. The teen's death was ruled an accidental drowning. Here's a link to the story Kyle wrote about it in January:

Sean Thomas

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 7:37 p.m.

can anyone tell me why this is any of our business anyway?


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 6:58 p.m.

Just like how Pittsfield Township said the kid who got in the car accident and ran off and was found a few days later dead in a pond? The report was inconclusive. We still have no idea what he was high on or what happened. Now everyone forgot about it.


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 5:28 p.m.

Yes how sad, he has to have somebody some where that would at least like to know of his passing.


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 5:15 p.m.

Very sad. I hope those who knew or loved him will have closure some day and know what happened. though it would be hard to hear and know.


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 5:05 p.m.

Are they going to release a drawing of that poor young man found dead off Eisenhower/S. Industrial? His story seems to have disappeared.


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 5:42 p.m.

They are not likely to release a drawing, as they have identified him. Why the police have not released his name yet is unclear.