Investigators Want Public Help to Identify Remains Found On Beach

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A view of a plate surgically placed on the man’s spine in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s which Investigators hope will be the key to identify the man found in the Dunes.
Crime Scene Investigators from the Corpus Christi Police Department Ferensics Laboratory
Crime Scene Investigators from the Corpus Christi Police Department forensics Laboratory
Ric Ortiz, an investigator with the Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office, sifts through the scene where the reamains of a man were discovered on Padre Island.
Ric Ortiz, an investigator with the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office, sifts through the scene where the remains of a man were discovered on Padre Island.

Date: 04/22/2015 7:35 PM
Location: Beach Access Road 4
Offense: Death Investigation
Case Number: 1504220132

The Corpus Christi Police Department and the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office would like help from the public to identify the remains of a man discovered on the beach on April 22, 2015.

The Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released an image of the portion of the spine found with a plate that was surgically placed. Detectives have learned that the bones discovered April 22 are the remains of a man between the ages of 55 to 70 at the time of death, but have not been able to identify the man. Detectives hope that by releasing the image of the plate, someone may be able to provide information about a missing person who had such a surgery in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s. Detectives believe the remains may have been in the dunes for as much as the past 25 years. The Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office has not determined a cause of death as of June 25, 2015. Anyone who may know a person who had this type of surgery should call Detectives at 886-2840 to help identify the remains.

A 28-year-old man called Corpus Christi Police on April 22, 2015 after he found some human bones in the dunes  Beach Access Road 4 on Padre Island. The 28-year-old man directed Officers to the bones. The Nueces County Medical Examiner was called and he confirmed that the bones were human and that they had been there for a while.

Officers continue to work with the Medical Examiner to investigate if any crime has been committed. Detectives understand that some members of the public may want to provide information and stay anonymous which can be accomplished if they call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477).