Naples Police: Gold necklace may be key to identifying discovered body

Lee Herald Favicon 16Naples Police are hoping that a necklace found on the skeleton of a dead man near 5th Avenue South earlier this month will help bring his identity to light.

NPD is working with the Collier County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Florida Gulf Coast University Forensic Anthropology Department to investigate the death of a man found in the 1400 block of 5th Avenue South on Monday, April 2. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the body that was discovered in a mangrove estuary along the east side of the Gordon River.

The man’s remains were skeletonized so while he was believed to be 30 or more years old, his ethnicity is unknown. The man had an earlier gunshot wound to the rib and spinal area, which was medically treated and was not a factor in his death. He was also missing four teeth and had an abscessed molar.

A thin, gold, Figaro necklace with a round, gold and white stone charm with the word “FAITH” and an olive branch was found around the man’s neck. The necklace also featured a peace dove made out of white stone.

The NPD asks that anyone with information about the identity of the man or any other information regarding the death investigation to call (239) 213-4828.

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