Medical Examiner using facial reconstruction to solve two cases

Facial reconstruction of man found dead in Virginia Beach in 2015.
Facial reconstruction of man found dead in Virginia Beach in 2015.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia Medical Examiner is using facial recognition to try to piece together two unsolved death investigations.

Investigators use this technology to put a face to the victims, in an attempt to find out who they are and how they died. Then, they put that information out to the public to get tips on the cases.

Friday morning, the Medical Examiner’s Office held a news conference to display models of two reconstructed faces of people they hope to identify.

One is the reconstruction of a man found dead in Virginia Beach in 2015.  A group out four-wheeling found him in a marshy area off Virginia Beach Blvd.  They determined this is a white man between 40 and 60 years old who had a previous broken nose and healed left clavicle.

Facial reconstruction of man found dead in Virginia Beach in 2015.
Facial reconstruction of man found dead in Virginia Beach in 2015.

The other is a facial reconstruction of a woman found dead in Newport News in 2014.  City Farm workers found her body behind an abandoned building on 25th street. She’s believed to be white or of mixed race between 25 and 40 years old.

Facial reconstruction of woman found dead in Newport News in 2014.
Facial reconstruction of woman found dead in Newport News in 2014.