By Doug Ireland
---- — SALEM — The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office released photographs this afternoon that investigators hope will help identify a murdered man whose body was dumped off Interstate 93 in 1969.
The photos show the facial reconstruction of the man, found by a road crew in a small pit of water off the highway on Aug. 7, 1969. He had been shot four times.
The attorney general's office and Salem Police Department reopened their investigation of the case in December 2012, according to Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin.
Strelzin said investigators are optimistic someone will step forward to identify the man once they see the photos.
The man's body was exhumed from an unmarked grave in Pine Grove Cemetery a year ago and another autopsy conducted. Some of his bones were sent to the FBI Nuclear DNA Unit for examination.
The skull of the man, who is believed to between 28 and 40 years old, was sent to forensic artist Harvey Pratt of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Pratt, considered one of the leading forensic artists in the country, completed the reconstruction of the man's skull.
Anyone with information on the man is asked to contact Detective Michael White of the Salem Police Department at 890-2383.