DPS, Tom Green County Sheriff's Office seek information about unidentified deceased man:
Local authorities are seeking the public's help identifying a man whose remains were found in December 1996 in Tom Green County.
The body was found Dec. 2, 1996, in a pasture near O.C. Fisher Reservoir, according to a news release from the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office
Investigators with the Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Public Safety estimate the man died in early November 1996. The cause of death is unknown, the release states.
A forensic artist with the Texas Rangers developed a facial reconstruction image from the man's skull.
Investigators believe the man was Caucasian or of mixed Hispanic descent. He was likely between 28 and 50 years old and about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a slight frame, the release states.
His hair may have been medium-brown or possibly red, although it may have lightened because of sun exposure before the body was discovered. The release states the length and style of the man's hairs should match exactly what is pictured in the facial rendering.
The release states DNA from the man's bones have not connected him to any known missing person case, but it's possible he was never officially reported missing.
The following items were found with the man's body:
White socks and Brahma-brand hiking boots (size 7 ½ )
Light-blue Levi's-brand 550 relaxed-fit, button-fly jeans with a 31-inch waist, 34-inch length
A Roundtree and Yorke-brand burgundy pullover sweatshirt (size large)
An open package of GPC-brand cigarettes
A green Outdoor Products-brand backpack containing cans of Cougar-brand snuff and assorted toiletries
On the outside of the upper flap of the backpack the words, "Wayne Rudd Austin, TX. And damn proud of it!" were handwritten in dark marker. Leads related to Texas men with the name Wayne Rudd, or variations of such, have been explored over the years without positive results.
Anyone with information about a person similar to this unknown man's description is asked to call Lt. Terry Lowe at the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office at show contact info
or the DPS Missing Persons Clearinghouse at show contact info