MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) -- The Chief Medical Examiner in the Commonwealth unveiled the facial models of skeletal remains of three men found in Northern Virginia between 2003 and 2011 on Thursday.
Dr. Leah Bush visited Manassas to talk about the cases.
The models represent three people who at this point have no names, cause of death, and for whom there aren't any leads.
But the models also represent breathing new life to cases that have run cold.
The first case represents the skeletal remains of a black man in his mid 30s approximately 5' 7" tall. The remains were discovered on January 16, 2003 by a National Park Service maintenance worker who was cleaning debris under the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.
The remains had been there for about 6 months.
The second case represents the skeletal remains of an Asian man in his late 30s to early 40s around 5' 5" - 5' 9" tall. The remains were discovered on February 13, 2011 by a man walking his dog in the area of Fords Landing Way in Alexandria. The remains had been there for 18 to 24 months.
The third case is an older white man who was 5' 5" -5' 11" tall. The remains were discovered on April 6, 2006 by a man walking in the woods near eastbound 66 and Fairfax County Parkway. Police do not know how long the remains had been decomposing.
Fairfax County Police Spokesperson Lucy Caldwell says "Someone may recognize them as their loved one. Someone knows somebody so we are hopeful someone will recognize them."
These are just three examples of the 220-thousand unidentified remains in the Commonwealth which have no cause of death.
The medical examiner says a third of the cases end up as homicides. The ME says, that means there are roughly 70 potential killers walking free.
Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Leah Bush says, "at least police have a place to start their investigation."
If you recognize any of the models as your loved one, the first step is to contact your local police department.
They'll have a DNA collection kit.
Inside there is something to take a swab of your DNA.
The National Missing and Unidentified Persons Systems (NamUs) is a web-based computer search engine funded by the National Institute of Justice for matching missing and unidentified people.