- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A coroner’s office in South Carolina is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man whose body was found in a river earlier this year.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office told news outlets the body was recovered from Cooper River on Jan. 7. Since then, they’ve exhausted their usual methods of identification.

“At this point, we’re kind of stuck,” said Chief Deputy Coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal.

A fisherman found the body in the water. The African American man appeared to be between 25 and 35, stood about 6 feet tall (2 meters) and weighed 165 pounds (75 kilograms). O’Neal said he was wearing Banana Republic jeans and Dr. Martens boots.

According to the coroner’s office, the man had no identifying marks such as a birthmark, tattoos or scars. Neither his fingerprints nor his DNA were found in any database and there aren’t any dental records to compare to his X-rays. A cellphone was found with his body but any information on it is unrecoverable.

O’Neal said the man probably was not local and could have been a stowaway on a cruise line or with a shipping company.

The Coroner’s Office asks that anyone with information on the unidentified man call their office at 843-746-4030 or e-mail [email protected]

“Somewhere, this man has a family,” said Wooten. “Everyone deserves a final resting place.”

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