Miami-Dade County

Police Trying to ID Man Found Dead in Trash Fire in Miami-Dade

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Authorities are trying to identify a man whose body was found after crews put out a trash fire in Miami-Dade last week.

Miami-Dade Police have released a facial composite of the victim, whose body was found Friday morning after fire rescue crew put out a fire near the Cottage Cove Apartments in the 18900 block of Northeast 1st Place.

The man who died was 20 to 30 years old, about 5-foot-8, with a slim build.

Artist Samantha Steinberg said it took just a few hours to create the composite.

"I felt that there was enough information to make an educated guess, for lack of a better term, on how he would appear in life," Steinberg said. "I’m using actually different booking photos from Miami-Dade County of individuals and taking sort of the hairstyle from one, the facial hair from another, the nose from one picture, the eyes or mouth from another picture as sort of compiling or making a composite of a person and how I think he would’ve been."

Homicide investigators are looking into how the man died.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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