Authorities seek family of man found dead in forest near Wheaton

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A composite sketch of a man whose body was found in a west suburban forest preserve in 2010. | DuPage County sheriff’s office

Authorities are still trying to identify a body found in a west suburban forest preserve six years ago.

The severely decomposed remains of a Hispanic or Native American man between the ages of 45 and 65 were found April 13, 2010, at the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve near Butterfield and Herrick roads in unincorporated Wheaton, according to the DuPage County sheriff’s office.

His name might have been Manuel Romero, the sheriff’s office announced Wednesday.

In 2013, authorities released a composite sketch of the man based on digital reconstruction of his skull. He had a “very distinctive” dental pattern with numerous missing teeth, including two on the upper front row, authorities said.

The man was wearing an extra-large gray Hanes-brand sweatshirt with the words “Little Nicky,” police said.

Anyone who knew Manuel Romero or who has other information should call detectives at (630) 407-2333.

Police said an unidentified man found in a DuPage forest preserve in 2010 had a “very distinct” dental pattern, missing his two upper front teeth. | DuPage County sheriff’s office

Police said an unidentified man found in a DuPage forest preserve in 2010 had a “very distinct” dental pattern, missing his two upper front teeth. | DuPage County sheriff’s office

The extra-large Hanes sweatshirt found with a severely decomposed body in Herrick Forest Preserve in 2010. | DuPage County sheriff’s office

The extra-large Hanes sweatshirt found with a severely decomposed body in Herrick Forest Preserve in 2010. | DuPage County sheriff’s office

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