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Cold case opened nearly eight years after remains found at Ford Island

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Nearly eight years after a man's remains washed ashore at Ford Island, investigators are trying to figure out who exactly is John Doe.

The man's body was found at the base on October 25th, 2005. 
Officials say the partial remains were so badly decomposed, no positive identification could be made.

"We went back in the files and it took us a while to go through every file and go back as far as 2005 and even beyond that," Sgt. Kim Buffett, Crimestoppers, said. "Nothing matching the description that we've gotten, so we really need the help from the public."

Crimestoppers and the Naval Criminal Investigation Service are on the case and have exhausted all plausible leads.

Forensic experts believe Doe is Caucasian, about 45-years-old and about 6-feet-tall.

Newly released images of evidence show he was wearing a Timex watch, jeans with a 40-inch waist size and a single brown sandal.

They have no idea how he died.

"We can ascertain that he was on land for probably about five days before he was immersed in the water," NCIS investigator Phil Camero said. "At this stage of the investigation, we have not ruled out foul play, but likewise, we have not ruled out accidental death or death by natural causes."

Even though the man's body was found in waters off Ford Island, investigators say it's entirely possible he may have drifted down from any of the nearby shorelines.

The man may have been homeless. Doctors say he had a stiff shoulder and a bad knee that gave him a limp.

"Somebody might recognize him and even say, 'Hey you know, he used to come in to our store or he hung around here,'" Buffett said. "Especially being residentially challenged, people in the area may have known him."

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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