Broward County

Pembroke Pines Police Trying to Identify Body Found in Woods Two Years Ago

The man's body was discovered hanging in a wooded area near the campus of West Broward High School on June 8, 2020

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Two years after a man's body was found in a wooded area in Pembroke Pines, police are still trying to identify him.

The man's body was discovered hanging in a wooded area off Johnson Street near the campus of West Broward High School on June 8, 2020, Pembroke Pines Police Capt. Adam Feiner said.

Carlos Alba said he was running laps on the school's track when two teens got his attention, alerting him to a strong foul odor.

Alba and the teens saw the body and called 911.

"I saw a body that had a rope but I couldn't tell what tree it was hanging from," Alba said. "It was hard to tell.”

Due to decomposition of the body, investigators believe the man may have died three or four weeks before his body was found.

Officials said there is evidence that suggests the man could have possibly lived in the woods before he died.

"Despite all efforts from our detectives and the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office, we are unable to identify this person through investigative leads or any available DNA databases," Feiner said in a video posted on the department's Twitter page.

The department hasn't determined whether the death was possibly a suicide or homicide, Feiner said.

Feiner described the unidentified man as a White male between the age of 20-32 years old, with dark brown or black hair. He's of European ancestry but could have Hispanic and Asian ancestry.

"In the two years since his body was located, we have not received any missing person reports matching his description," Feiner said.

Police are urging the public to come forward with any information on this man's identity.

If you or a friend know someone that went missing since April 2020, police are asking you to contact the Pembroke Pines Police Department at 954-431-2200.

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