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Police: Mystery homicide victim's tattoo is recognized

Posted by: Matt McKinney Updated: August 12, 2014 - 3:57 PM

A body found Aug. 7 next to a burning dumpster in south Minneapolis is believed to be that of a Latino or Hispanic man, but his identity remains unknown and police are asking for the public's help to learn his name.

The man stood 5 feet, two inches tall, weighed 152 pounds and had black hair. He had a distinctive tattoo of a cross covering his upper right arm. The police department issued this picture of a similar cross.

Anyone who could help the police department identify the man should call Minneapolis police Sgt. Charles Green at 612-673-3217.

Photo: A cross tattoo like this one was found on the arm of a homicide victim in south Minneapolis Aug. 7, 2014. Source: MPD.

UPDATE: Minneapolis police late on Tuesday said someone had recognized the tattoo, but they did not disclose the identity. "The Hennepin County medical examiner will likely release the official identity of the victim on Wednesday," a police statement said.

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