Reconstructed skull released as police try to identify skeletal remains found Ferny Creek 2006

Eerie image of a reconstructed skull is released in police cold-case investigation of skeletal remains found 16 years ago

  • Male skeletal remains were found in Ferny Creek, Melbourne on March 18, 2006 
  • DNA and dental records have since been unable to identify the man  
  • Facial reconstruction was created based on a CT scan of the skull 
  • Remains of a Caucasian male aged between 23 and 27, 167-180cm in height
  • He is estimated to have died between February 1999 and December 2000 

Eerie images of a reconstructed skull have been released as police attempt to identify male skeletal remains found in Melbourne 16 years ago. 

The bones were located in Ferny Creek, near Mount Erin Road and Janesdall Avenue,  on March 18, 2006.

DNA and dental records have been unable to identify the man, so a facial reconstruction was created based on a CT scan of the skull. 

Images of a reconstructed skull (pictured) have been released as police attempt to identify a male skeleton found near Melbourne in 2006

Images of a reconstructed skull (pictured) have been released as police attempt to identify a male skeleton found near Melbourne in 2006

The bones were located in Ferny Creek (pictured), near Mount Erin Road and Janesdall Avenue, on March 18, 2006

The bones were located in Ferny Creek (pictured), near Mount Erin Road and Janesdall Avenue, on March 18, 2006

It’s hoped that the release of these images will help members of the community recognise the person or come forward with details to help in the identification of the remains.

A forensic anthropologist examined the remains on 22 and 23 March 2006, concluding the deceased was a Caucasian male aged between 23 and 27, and approximately 167-180cm in height.

Several items discovered with the remains included the remnants of a purple scarf, pants, and shoes. However, the exhibits were severely decayed, and no other items of identification were located.

On March, 2012, the coroner delivered a finding which determined the male had died due to an unknown cause, sometime between February 1999 and December 2000.

DNA and dental records have been unable to identify the man, so a facial reconstruction was created based on a CT scan of the skull (pictured)

DNA and dental records have been unable to identify the man, so a facial reconstruction was created based on a CT scan of the skull (pictured)

On March, 2012, the coroner delivered a finding which determined the male had died due to an unknown cause, sometime between February 1999 and December 2000

On March, 2012, the coroner delivered a finding which determined the male had died due to an unknown cause, sometime between February 1999 and December 2000

Yarra Rangers Crime Investigation Unit Leading Senior Constable Danielle Fleming said: ‘With no DNA match or identifying features on the remains discovered in Ferny Creek, sadly we have been unable to provide the family and friends of the deceased closure.

‘By exploring facial reconstruction with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, we are hoping a member of the community will come forward with information that may help identify the remains.’

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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