Authorities are asking the public's help with identifying a homicide victim found in a field earlier this month.
The man's body was found in a remote area off Applewood Drive in S. Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co., around 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 1. An autopsy revealed he was shot in the chest.
On Wednesday, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Coroner Scott M. Grim released forensic sketches of the victim, who is believed to be a white man between 18- and 30-years-old.
"Our suspicion is that he was killed someplace else, and his body was dumped in South Whitehall and set on fire there," said Martin. "One would think that would occurred in close proximity to where the body was discovered, but if he was passing through, he was a transient himself, it may be very difficult to ascertain his identity."
Martin said the man had no identification on him. He had short brown hair, weighed 160-170 pounds and was estimated to be 6 feet, 1 inch to 6 feet, 3 inches tall, officials said.
The victim was wearing eyeglasses and appeared to be wearing a plaid shirt and purple and black checkered socks.
An autopsy photo was sent to law enforcement officials across the country, but when that yielded no leads, a Pennsylvania State Police forensic artist was brought in to sketch composites.
If the man goes unidentified he will be buried as a John Doe. If that happens, Coroner Scott Grimm said it will be a first for Lehigh County.
"We would certainly like to give his family and his loved ones, first of all, the knowledge of his whereabouts and what happened and to some degree of closure that I think all of us as human beings would like to have if a loved one of ours met a similar fate," said Martin.
The coroner is keeping the man's dental records, x-rays and DNA in order to identify him in the future.
Anyone with information about the identity of the victim should call police at 610-437-5252 or the coroner's office at 610-782-3426.