Cold Cases: Can you help identify these victims?

Published: Mar. 3, 2017 at 4:03 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 3, 2017 at 3:43 PM CST
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MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is teaming up with Pascagoula Police and Crime-Stoppers to help identify the two victims.

On Dec. 27, 1977 skeletal remains were discovered in the woods in Moss Point. Five years later, additional skeletal remains were found five miles away.

Even though its been decades since the remains were discovered, officials may be able to identify the victims with computerized generated images.

Pascagoula Detective Darren Versiga, Lori Massey of Crime Stoppers and Restoration Christ of God Pastor Charles Malone have put together a flyer with the images; distributing them to churches throughout Jackson County.

"The reconstruction on him, when you look at his eyes, he is just looking into your soul," said Massey. "It's like he's saying, 'Please help me find my family, I need an identification,' and that's what Crime Stoppers is trying to do here."

The man found in 1982 had been shot in the head. He is believed to have been between the ages of 19 to 25, around 5'5, and between 120 to 130 pounds. A trucker discovered his remains.

"They found his skeletal remains. Still had his clothes, but he had been their quite awhile," said Versiga. "From three years to six months, based on the condition of he remains."

As for the first victim, Versiga believes someone dumped her body across the street from a cemetery on Frank Griffin Road.

"She was found in the woods by some rabbit hunters," said Versiga. "They were basically just running through the woods, and found skeletal remains and called law enforcement."

The remains were sent to an expert in Oklahoma who estimated that the woman was between the ages of 35 to 45, 5'8 and 120 pounds. The victim is believed to have been a smoker, had two gold teeth, and likely had a child.

Versiga said, "We're hoping based on what we've done from 2009 until 2017 that now we can put these out to the people and see if they can identify them."

Anyone with information about either of the crimes, or who may be able to identify the victims, is asked to contact Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

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