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Body Found in 2012 Identified

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Ian Michael Withrow Ian Michael Withrow
DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - After nearly two years, the body of a man found in a wooded area of Dover in November of 2012 has been identified, city police announced Wednesday.

The family of Ian Michael Withrow visited the Dover Police Department on Saturday, July 12, after recognizing the forensic artist model and tattoos that were released by department and the Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on July 1.

"After being able to identify several tattoos that were not released to the public, as well as additional details about the case that were not released to the public, positive ID was confirmed as Ian Withrow," said Cpl. Mark Hoffman, spokesman for Dover PD.

Withrow's family tells WBOC it was mainly the tattoos on the bust that they recognized. His brother, Josh, says the ID helps the family get closure. Josh expressed his gratitude to investigators for their work on Withrow's case.

"Without the persistence of the medical examiner's office, we never would have been able to bring him home," he said.

Withrow was from the Dover area and was 33 when his remains were found in a wooded area near West Rustic Lane and Crawford Carroll Drive in north Dover.

Dover police say they was no missing person report filed for Withrow. The medical examiner's office says that was, obviously, part of the challenge in making an ID.

Michael Price, the office's chief forensic investigator, tells WBOC they never gave up on making an ID.

Price says DNA and dental evidence did not pan out. But work that uncovered multiple tattoos did.

Price says he's glad the ME's office was able to help Withrow's family.
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