Wisconsin police are asking for information to help them identify skeletal remains found by someone filming a YouTube video in an abandoned building.
The YouTuber, identified as Matthew Nunez, made the discovery around 6:45 p.m. on August 10. According to Fox 6, he was shooting a movie in the Milwaukee multi-purpose building. He called the police after finding the body on the second floor.
Officers entered through the roof of the long-abandoned building that once housed a church near MLK Drive and Burleigh Street.
They found the deceased in a bedroom. The head, feet and left hand of the body were skeletonized.
Amy Michalak, the chief forensic investigator at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office [MEO]He said the dead man appeared to be a black man with nothing in his pocket.
Officials hope details about the jewelry he wore and the tattoos he had could provide clues as to who he and his family are.
Five rings were found on the body, including a yellow one with a dark blue stone. The deceased also had tattoos, one on the left forearm reading ‘King’ and one on the right forearm reading ‘Sava’. Other tattoo designs were difficult to spot. A red allergy bracelet, commonly used in hospitals, was also found on the body.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office posted a description of the body and the rings on Twitter when asking for help identifying it.
The person died in a large winter coat and sports pants, and the right hand was covered with a black glove.
Investigators said there were no signs of injuries or drugs. They go through the missing persons reports to see if there are any matches. They also hope the tattoos could lead to his identification. “We would love to be able to provide some sort of closure for this family,” Michalak told WTMJ Milwaukee, “we have found their loved one.”
“We know a lot of people are missing out there, but we found this one person,” she added.
Meanwhile, local resident Dellareese Williams told Fox 6 that the building had sat empty for more than a decade and a half.
“To find out if someone died there and been missing from their family for God knows how long, that’s really the heartbreaking part,” she told the outlet. “Someone’s family can potentially be closed now, and they can begin to grieve.”
news week has contacted the Milwaukee Police Department for more information.
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