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Facial reconstruction of Buford body complete, photos released

Special Photo Authorities are asking for help in identifying this victim. Anyone who believes these photos are a match to someone they know should call Gwinnett detectives at 770-513-5300.

Special Photo Authorities are asking for help in identifying this victim. Anyone who believes these photos are a match to someone they know should call Gwinnett detectives at 770-513-5300.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has completed a facial reconstruction from the remains of a homicide victim found in two separate areas of Buford more than two years apart, and Gwinnett police are asking for the public's help identifying him.

Heavily decomposed skeletal remains, including a skull and several other bones, were found in the woods off Brown Road on Jan. 5. A few days later, the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office determined the bones were from the same victim as a human torso discovered off Woodward Mill Road -- some five miles away -- in July 2009, but an identity has eluded officials.

Police announced Tuesday that the GBI's Marla Lawson -- a celebrated forensic artist most noted for her dead-on sketch of Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph -- has completed a three-dimensional facial reconstruction of the victim, described originally as an Hispanic male between 20 and 40 years old.

Gwinnett County police are now asking that anyone who believes photos released Tuesday are a match to someone they know to call 770-513-5300.

The case has been ruled a homicide. Chief Forensic Investigator Ted Bailey said previously that a cause of death had been determined but would not be released.