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RICHMOND, Va. — The human remains found on Riverside Drive, along the James River, earlier this month were that of a 33 to 49-year-old black man, according to Richmond Police. The Chief Medical Examiner determined the remains, found the afternoon of March 7 along the 5000 block of Riverside Drive , had been there for “an extended period of time.”

“The individual is believed to have been a black male, age 33-49, standing 5’9” to 6’3” tall. He had several previously healed bone fractures on the leg, ribs and skull,” a Richmond Police spokesman said. “These fractures may have caused him to walk with a limp and suffer hearing loss in the left ear. There was also extensive tooth loss believed to result from poor oral hygiene.”

Some clothing was also found with the remains. Richmond Police released images of the clothing (or examples of similar clothing) with the hopes someone would recognize them.

A blue “Thermosoft” knit hat

A blue “Thermosoft” knit hat

A “Faded Glory” ¼ zip fleece coat size 2XL that was dark in color.

A “Faded Glory” ¼ zip fleece coat size 2XL that was dark in color.

A “Champions” football jersey size 2XL for the Minnesota Vikings with the #84 & MOSS on the jersey.

A “Champions” football jersey size 2XL for the Minnesota Vikings with the #84 & MOSS on the jersey.

A pair of “New Balance” men’s walking shoes size 12 that were white in color with green trim.

A pair of “New Balance” men’s walking shoes size 12 that were white in color with green trim.

A “Geneva” quartz wrist watch, with a black band. The watch had a distinct (24 hour) time piece and a 360 degree compass marking band.

A “Geneva” quartz wrist watch, with a black band. The watch had a distinct (24 hour) time piece and a 360 degree compass marking band.

Anyone who can help police with this investigation was asked to call  Major Crimes Detective Victoria Griffith-Matko at 804-646-3912 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.