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Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner and Cleveland Police Department Ask for Public’s Help in Identifying Child’s Remains Found on Longmead Avenue

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Christopher Harris, (216) 443-7157

CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas P. Gilson and the Cleveland Police Department are asking for help from the public and media in identifying a juvenile male found in the rear yard at 12902 Longmead Avenue on September 20, 2017.

“Our residents and local media have been critical resources in solving an unidentified cold case already this year, and I have confidence they will help us identify this young child,” said Dr. Gilson.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has exhausted all efforts to identify the decedent, and have been unsuccessful thus far. The Cuyahoga County Regional Forensic Science Laboratory developed a DNA profile of the decedent, which determined the decedent’s sex is male, and this can be used for comparison with potential matches. Additional details include:

  • Sex: Male
  • Race: Undetermined at this point
  • Estimated Age: Approximately 4 years old 

Anyone with information about the identity of this decedent should contact:

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, Investigative Unit, (216)721-5610, press option #1

Cleveland Police Department, Homicide Unit, (216)623-5464

Even if you have not reported a family member as “missing”, please consider contacting our office if this decedent fits the description of someone you are related to or someone you have not seen recently.

Family members can include parents, children, siblings, and grandparents. It’s critical to understand that DNA submitted by family members for identification purposes, will only be used for identification. DNA submitted for identification will not be used in investigations other than identification.