Saturday, July 02, 2011

Homeless man found dead in 2008
identified by DNA

Three years after a homeless man found skeletal remains in the woods, a DNA match has identified the body.

The dead man is 34-year-old Matthew Christopher Wood. Originally a Georgia resident, Wood was homeless in 2008.

On June 24, 2008, another homeless man, David Worley, was looking for cans when he found Wood's remains on a trail leading to several camps. The remains had been there for about six weeks.

The St. Johns County Medical Examiner's office could not determine a cause of death at the time because the remains were too badly decomposed. DNA evidence was submitted for a profile comparison, which recently returned the match.

Even though there were "no signs of foul play" in Wood's death, investigators want to be certain, said a spokesman for the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. "Now that we have an identity, what we want to do is go back in time. There could be people who know him out there. Did he have enemies? Did he just disappear before we found him?"

If you know anything about Wood, contact the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at 904-824-8304.

Read the St. Augustine Record report here.


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