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Possible break in 2010 unidentified cold case

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There is a possible break in a cold case of an unidentified man dating back to December 2010.

Perhaps the unidentified human remains are that of a 27-year-old from Cross County, Ark., ho disappeared July 3, 2009.

The Cross County, Ark., Sheriff's Department called FOX13 News Monday to get more information about the story of the human skeletal remains found in Lakeland, Tenn.

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Hunters made the eerie discovery of a human skeleton wrapped in a blanket and tied with rope. Investigators say the victim had been shot in the back of the head and they found no identification on him.

Dental records and DNA were provided but there is no positive match. The remains had been in the woods for up two years.

Cross County detectives called Shelby County detectives to inform them of the possible lead.

"Well liked in the community," said Capt. Curtis Swan of the Cross County Sheriff's Department. "I know his mother would like closure on this and anything we could do to help his mother get closure would be appreciated by the family.

"A lot of people from our area go to Memphis," Capt. Swan added. "It's probable that he might have been over there but I don't know that for sure."

The Shelby County detectives could not give specifics about the physical description of the victim, other than he was a white male, between 18-70 years of age, and he might have been between 5-foot-7 and 6-foot-0 tall.

The mother of the missing man from Cross County will provide DNA and hopefully dental records to investigators. It is possible this could be her son.

A match would bring closure, although bittersweet.

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