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LCSO Cold Case Unit Seeks ID of Body Found Near Purcellville in 1988

The inquiry is the latest examination of unsolved crimes in Loudoun County.

This facial reconstruction estimates what a man found dead near Purcellville in 1988 may have looked like. Credit: Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
This facial reconstruction estimates what a man found dead near Purcellville in 1988 may have looked like. Credit: Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

On a chilly day in March 1988, a Loudoun resident came across a body with a gunshot wound wrapped in a blanket along Sunny Ridge Road (Rout 761) near Purcellville, VA, and authorities have been trying to identify him ever since.

The victim was described as a white or Hispanic male in his 50s with possible reddish brown hair. He stood 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 and had a stocky build. His full upper denture was found next to his body and he wore Sears-brand black polyester pants (42W, 29H) with red socks.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit is seeking information from anyone who may know the identity of the person or who may have information about the circumstances that resulted in the man’s death. Anyone with such information should contact Detective S. Schochet at 703-777-0475.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919 or toll free at 1-877-777-1931.

The LCSO has reexamined a series of cold cases in recent years under Sheriff Mike Chapman.
For more information on this case or other cold cases, visit www.sheriff.loudoun.gov/sunnyridge or www.sheriff.loudoun.gov/coldcase.

Past case that have been reexamined:

Event Brings Cold Cases to Light, Focuses on Child Safety – Erica Smith, 14, was found dead near Redskins Park in 2002. She went missing after heading to a friend’s house. 

Loudoun Investigators Reopen 1987 Leesburg Murder Case – Charlotte Powell, 27, of Pennsylvania, was found dead near Leesburg.  

Bethany Decker Still Missing After 2 Years – Although not part of the cold case list, Decker has been missing for nearly three years now after disappearing from her Ashburn apartment in 2001.

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