ABC 10 Miami – John Turchin Crime Specialist “Sketch artist, homicide detective look to solve case”
“A homicide detective about to retire hopes to solve one last murder -- but first must find out who the victim was.
"I would like to get this person identified before I do retire," said Det. James Gallagher. On April 28, 2009, human remains were discovered in a field just south of the Gratigny Expressway. "This is where we found the person's remains," said Gallagher. "The victim was located between the tree line and the chain linked fence."
Gallagher, a 30-year veteran, said the victim had no identification on him. He added that he believes the victim was homeless….
More than three years have passed. The case had grown cold. But Gallagher refused to forget about the unidentified remains, so he turned to one of the country's most respected forensic artists: Samantha Steinberg.
“Doing a facial reconstruction or an approximate likeness as to how the person would appear in life is really the last hope for an investigator," said Steinberg.
Steinberg's crime fighting artwork has helped in the identification, apprehension, and conviction of hundreds of criminals. She brings the victim's face alive, hoping someone will see it, recognize it, and give it a name.”