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BUFORD | Forensic artist reconstructs face using skeletal remains

BUFORD, Ga. - A Georgia Bureau of Investigation forensic artist has reconstructed the features of a man based on recovered skeletal remains.

PHOTOS | Facial reconstruction from skull's remains

The GBI released three images of a facial reconstruction on a skull found earlier this year - yet another development in an intriguing investigation into the identity of the remains.

A partial set of skeletal remains discovered in unincorporated Buford match a dismembered torso found in the same area in 2009.

RELATED | Bones found last week match remains from 2009

Gwinnett Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Carole Terry was on the scene in July 2009 when a man's torso was found off Woodward Mill Road in Buford. At the time, she said the unidentified man had been dead about a week. Without someone coming forward, she felt there was little hope to find out who it was.

When a severed skull and arm and leg bones were found recently off Brown Road in Buford, Dr. Terry got renewed hope.

Dr. Terry is convinced now that whoever killed the man tried to conceal his identity by dumping his remains in two different places. She doesn't think animals could have moved the bones that far.

Dr. Terry said the victim was a man, probably Hispanic, between 20 and 40 years old. He died in July 2009 shortly before his torso was found. She is hopeful the discovery will get investigators closer to identifying the victim.

The facial reconstruction of the remains was completed by GBI forensic artist Marla Lawson.  "Anyone who believes these photos are a match to someone they know should please call Gwinnett County Police Department Detectives at (770) 513-5300," a news release said.

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