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Unidentified White Male


Vital Statistics

  • Estimated Age: 40-60 years old.
  • Approximate Height and Weight: Undetermined.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Unknown hair and eye color.
  • Marks, scars: Unknown.
  • Clothing: None recovered.
  • Jewelry: None recovered.
  • Dentals: Not available.
  • DNA: Sample is available - not yet submitted.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.


Case History
A death certificate was issued for James Laval Hurst on this case following an investigation into a plane theft and crash in
the Bahamas. Mr. Hurst was out on bond after having been arrested for shooting another individual. Mr. Hurst's ex-wife
paid for his plane fare to the Bahamas. Mr. Hurst and another man were reportedly (by an informant) taken to the airport
runway in Marsh Harbor, Abacas, Bahamas where they stole a plane belonging to a man from West Palm Beach. The plane
crashed shortly after take-off and was allegedly witnessed by the informant. The informant advised the Naples Police
Department and the bail bondsman who retrieved the remains from the crash and brought them to Naples where they were
examined by the medical examiner and later by a forensic anthropologist. The anthropologist determined the co-mingled
remains to be those of two males; one an approximately 50 year old white male and the other a younger individual around
20 years old. The passenger of the plane was believed to be a Colombian national. The Naples Police Department does not
accept the presumptive identification and consider Mr. Hurst still at large.


Investigators
If you have any information about this case please contact:
Investigating Agency:
District 20 Medical Examiner's Office
Investigator Michelle Montonera
239-434-5020 ext. 1
Email

You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Agency Case Number: 1982-00223; NamUs 8655; FLUIDDB 913

NCIC Number: N/A

Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
NamUs
FLUIDDB