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DA, Coroner Release Sketches of Homicide Victim, Seek Help

The Lehigh County District Attorney and Coroner seek the public's help in identifying a homicide victim in South Whitehall.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Coroner Scott Grim are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who was shot to death and whose Nov. 1 along Applewood Drive in South Whitehall.

The authorities released two forensic sketches of the homicide victim on Wednesday in hopes that the public can help identify him.

The man is believed to be white and between 18 and 30 years old. He is estimated at 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-3 and weighing about 160 to 170 pounds. He is described as having short light brown hair. He was wearing eye glasses and appeared to be wearing a plaid shirt and purple and black checkered socks.

The body was found about 8:30 a.m. along Applewood Drive, on a bend in the road between Huckleberry and Haasadahl roads, by a South Whitehall public works employee who was cleaning up tree branches after a weekend snowstorm.

The Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy on Nov. 2 and ruled the death a

Any individual or agency with information about the identity of the victim is asked to contact South Whitehall Township Police Detective Tom Gersbach or Lehigh County Homicide Task Force Detective Lou Tallarico at 610-437-5252 or the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office at 610-782-3426.

The last homicide involving a South Whitehall resident was in 1999, when Theresa Field disappeared. She was later found to have been killed in her home but her body was discovered Aug. 3, 2001, in the basement of her husband Alton Field's former jewelry store in Hellertown, according to published reports of her husband's murder trial. Alton Field was found guilty of first-degree murder by a Northampton County jury in 2004. 

Eastward November 16, 2011 at 05:08 PM
What is the individual's race?
Mallory Vough November 16, 2011 at 05:17 PM
He's a white male.
K9_Handler_71 November 17, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Can't they use DNA & dental records to find out who he is?
Tom Coombe (Editor) November 17, 2011 at 03:09 PM
I think he'd need to be in a DNA database. I'm not sure how dental record identification works.
Mary Ellen Alu (Editor) November 17, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Basically, cops need to be able to match the DNA, dental records to something. If he was arrested previously and his DNA taken, for example, a match could be made that way.

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