- Associated Press - Saturday, May 10, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials at Nashville’s medical examiner’s office are trying to find the family of a man whose friends knew him only as Snooker - a nickname he earned playing pool at a local bar.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1nprGMi) when the man died last summer, he had no driver’s license, no mail, no credit cards.

Although he had lived in Nashville for almost 30 years and had many friends, even his roommate knew him only by his nickname.

“He’d kind of gone off the grid,” said Denise Martin, investigations director for the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Office. “It’s just a very extraordinary case, that he seemed to have lived here for a few decades, but for some reason never gave his real name, even to those he was intimate with.”

“Most people,” she said, “do have a paper trail.”

Finally, a few weeks ago, he was identified by fingerprints as 63-year-old Davis William Dixon. Police also learned Dixon previously lived in St. Louis.

But authorities still have not found a relative to claim Dixon’s remains. They’re making a final push before they hand Dixon’s body over to friends, who have raised money to cremate him.

“We want to make sure we give a last chance to family to be located,” Martin said. “You want to do the best. But at the same time, you can’t hold him forever.”

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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