Can You Help NYPD Identify A John Doe Based On His Tattoos?

People with information are encouraged to contact the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1 (800) 577-8477 (TIPS).

June 04, 2019

Photo by: Mystery star tattoo [Deputy Commissioner, Public Information/NYPD]

Mystery star tattoo [Deputy Commissioner, Public Information/NYPD]

By: Catherine Townsend

NEW YORK CITY — New York police have released images of distinctive tattoos found on a body that washed up on the shore in Staten Island in the hope that someone will come forward to help identify the mystery man.

The body was discovered on Friday, May 3, at around 3:20 P.M. by a person passing by, according to police.

The NYPD released a photo of the man's right wrist, which has a tattoo of a five-pointed star surrounded by a circle. Another tattoo is located on the man's left shoulder and portrays a eye inside a triangle and some script writing.

They have released a few other details about the John Doe: According to police, the man was between five foot two and five foot six and weighed approximately 125 to 150 pounds. He was found wearing blue jeans, dark colored socks, and red Puma sneakers with white stripes.

Photo by: Mystery triangle tattoo [Deputy Commissioner, Public Information/NYPD]

Mystery triangle tattoo [Deputy Commissioner, Public Information/NYPD]

A medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of death, police said. As the investigation continues, police hope that someone will recognize the tattoos and could potentially come forward to help make an identification.

People with information are encouraged to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1 (800) 577-8477 (TIPS). The public can also submit tips anonymously via the NYPD Crime Stoppers website or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

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