Authorities try to I.D. murdered man

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">The victim is white male and weighed between 200 to 250 pounds. A distinguishing characteristic, authorities said, is that the victim had very small, round ears for a person of his size.</span></div>
December 18, 2008 10:40:58 AM PST
Authorities in New Jersey are trying to identify the man who a hunter found shot dead, execution style. Police say the victim's body was wrapped up in a beige rug.

Authorities in Atlantic County held a news conference and gave details about the victim.

Prosecutor Ted Housel told reporters the man, believed to be between 30-40 years old, was killed execution style, rolled up in a 12-foot-long rug and dumped in a wooded area off of Route 322 in Hamilton Township on Dec. 8.

The victim is white male and weighed between 200 to 250 pounds. A distinguishing characteristic, authorities said, is that the victim had very small, round ears for a person of his size.

A deer hunter discovered the rug Dec. 8 and contacted the authorities. Police think the victim was likely placed there sometime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Housel added that the victim was dead for at least a week. Dental records could not be used to identify the victim because he apparently had never had dental work done. Currently, no fingerprint match has been made.

The rug used to conceal the victim's body is beige.

Anyone with information involving this or other serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office at (609) 909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor's Office Web site and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page.

People can also call Crime Stoppers at (609) 652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS). Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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