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State Police spotlight Dix Hills homicide cold case

An image from the T-shirt the homicide victim

An image from the T-shirt the homicide victim was wearing and a facial reconstruction image of the victim. Credit: NYS Police

State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the victim of a cold case homicide in Dix Hills nearly two decades ago.

The man’s unsolved slaying is the subject of a statewide initiative called “Cold Case Tuesday,” in which State Police regularly highlight unsolved cases.

Suffolk County police released a computerized facial reconstruction of the man two years ago and limited details about the case.

The body of a white man or light-skinned Hispanic man was discovered by highway contract workers on March 9, 2000, stuffed in a black plastic garbage bag in a wooded area off the Northern State Parkway, east of Wolf Hill Road.

Investigators believe the victim was shot in the face and torso with a large-caliber pistol. An autopsy and analysis of soil samples helped authorities estimate that he died between January and March 2000.

The victim was described as 35 to 45 years old with short dark hair, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and weighed 140 pounds. He had no visible tattoo or scar.

The man was found wearing Levi’s blue jeans, a navy blue bathing suit, an olive-colored Levi’s short-sleeve shirt with black trim and an olive-colored T-shirt with a multicolored picture. The T-shirt had a New Jersey theme with drawings of a football player and sailboats and the words “New Jersey,” “Giants Stadium” and “Jersey Shore.”

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in the case.

Anyone with information about the crime can call State Police at 631-756-3300 and refer to SJS# 3023503. All information will be kept confidential.

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