Denver’s medical examiner seeks help identifying a man who may have died in homelessness

Donna Bryson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver’s medical examiner is seeking help from the public to identify a man who appears to have died in homelessness in Sun Valley.

In a statement last week, the Office of the Medical Examiner said no next of kin, friends or acquaintances had come forward  after the man was found dead Aug. 3, 2016, near the 1400 block of Grove Street. Steven Castro, a spokesman for the office, said the man’s body was found in what looked like an encampment. He was believed to have spent time in the area of Federal Boulevard and Colfax Avenue during the summer of 2016.

Anyone who might know the man or have information that may help was asked to contact the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner Investigations at 720-337-7601. Castro said Monday that leads that had come in since the request for information was first made were being followed up.

The unidentified man was described as white, likely between 45 and 60 years old and approximately 5’10” tall with surgical hardware in his jaw and hand. His posture may have been hunched. A forensic artist rendering showed a thin-faced man with a light beard.

“The team at the Office of the Medical Examiner strives to identify every decedent who comes into our care. We understand and value the need for closure when dealing with losing a family member or friend, and we believe that everyone is connected to someone, somewhere who cares about them,” Castro said in last week’s statement.

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