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State Police seeking assistance with 1988 cold case investigation

Virginia State Police (VSP) Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s (BCI) Richmond Field Office is seeking the assistance of the public in helping identify two sets of skeletal remains recovered in Caroline County 33 years ago.

On Nov. 10, 1988, two hunters walking through a wooded area adjacent to Interstate 95 near the 112-mile marker in the Ladysmith community came across skeletal remains.  Virginia State Police responded to the scene and while conducting a forensic examination of the immediate area discovered a second set of skeletal remains. Forensic analysis of the remains confirmed that both individuals were adult, Hispanic males who went missing between 1987 and 1988. One of the males is estimated to have been between 40 and 60 years of age at the time of his death; the other male is estimated to have been between 15 and 30 years of age. A leather belt with the word “SILVANO” tooled into it, which may indicate a name or nickname, was located with the older male.

“Despite more than three decades of actively working this case, we have still not been able to identify either individual,” said Captain Norman Gray, VSP BCI Richmond Field Office Division Commander. “We are still hopeful that someone will recognize these enhanced 3D models and help us, ultimately, find their families and let them know what happened to their loved one so many years ago.”

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and NAMEUS created facial reconstruction models of each man to help identify the men.

Anyone with information about either individual is encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police at [email protected] or call us at (804) 609-5656.

Pictures are property of the Virginia State Police which grants permission for their use.

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