Tuesday, October 5, 1999

FL - IDENTIFIED: Male located October 05, 1999

After 15 years, the mystery behind 'Finding Fletcher' has been solved Andrew Meacham, Times Staff Writer The contents, a mixture of satirical wit and a persecution complex, could only have come from my childhood best friend, lonely and schizophrenic and railing against society. The only son of deceased parents, Fletcher had drifted between St. Petersburg and North Carolina, between a psychiatric hospital and a homeless shelter and the street. We kept in touch until 1999, when the letters stopped. As I detailed in a Times story in March, I had been searching for him ever since, first in the faces of strangers in crowds, then in dead-end trails of records, then, inevitably, in online composites of unidentified corpses. I couldn't look past body 99-1145. The man was found dead at a St. Petersburg bus shelter on Oct. 5, 1999. Fletcher was last seen five days earlier, 5 miles away, sleeping on a bus bench. I presented my research to officials at the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office, who took an unusual step and showed me actual photos of the dead man. I thought that would bring certainty, but after the jolt, the small discrepancies tormented me. Maybe it was Fletcher, maybe it wasn't. I needed physical evidence, and getting it felt all but impossible. Continue reading here.... http://www.tampabay.com/news/after-15-years-the-mystery-behind-finding-fletcher-has-been-solved/2234458 Previous:
Unidentified earthly body of Male
Date found October 05, 1999
Location Found: St. Petersburg, Florida
Estimated age 30 years - Maximum age 50 years
Race White
Sex Male
Weight (pounds) 173, Estimated
Height (inches) 71, Estimated
Hair color: Blond/Strawberry Head hair: Dark blonde, slightly curly, with mild bilateral frontal balding. Facial hair: Dark blonde/gray mustache and full beard. Eyes: Blue
Scars and marks Stretch marks on both armpits and across abdomen. Possible stria
or a semi-circular scar on right lower quadrant of abdomen.

Circumstances: Seen going through trash at Subway Sandwich Shop at about 2340 hrs. Walked to a nearby public bus shelter and was found lying unresponsive on cement floor. Pronounced at 2348 hrs. Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
Agency Dist 6 Medical Examiners Ofc Phone 727-582-6800 Case #99-1145
GPS coordinates of where body found: Bus Shelter, 1800 66th Street North, St. Petersburg, Florida Pinellas County
NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/2300
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