Real Name: Unknown
Case: Unidentified Remains/Suspicious Death
Location: Thermopolis, Wyoming
CaseEditDetails: In 1986, a man known only as Gabby left several of his possessions with his friend, Newell Sessions, among them an old steamer trunk, which was placed and stored in a shed. Six years after the fact, Sessions opened the trunk and discovered it held the bones of a human being. His wife wanted them buried, but he instead notified the police to try and determine where the bones had come from. Examination of the bones show they were of a man from his 50s or 60s, about five-foot-eight in height and maybe a Caucasian male. There was a bullet in the head from a .25 caliber gun from the turn-of-the-century.
Now in his forties, Gabby was contacted, but he just responded that he had never opened the trunk nor could he recall where he recieved it. He thought he had picked it up in Wyoming, Iowa, Illinois or Oklahoma, although local Sheriff John Lumley was suspicious that Gabby never bothered to open the trunk. Since the old trunk and lock were from the Thirties and older than Gabby, Newell was convinced that Gabby was not guilty of any murder. The bones were finally turned over to the Wyoming State Crime Lab who created a facial reconstruction of the man to whom the bones belonged. The man possibly lost his life sometime after 1908 when the bullet was available. The old trunk might have been used by someone in the U.S. Armed Services between World War I and World War II.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 24, 1993 episode.
Links: This case has a link on the Unsolved Mysteries website.