Identity of tattooed man who only had a single penny when he died remains a mystery, Alabama coroner says

Published 11:59 am Monday, January 29, 2024

The identify of the decomposed remains of a tattooed man who had a single penny in his pocket is still a mystery, an Alabama coroner’s office said Monday.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify the decomposed human remains found inside a storage shed earlier this month.

Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said the remains were found on January 21 in a storage shed at a vacant property in Birmingham.

Yates said an autopsy showed no signs of foul play or trauma. The cause of death is pending the results of lab tests.

Yates said officials believe the remains belonged to an adult, white male. They estimated the man was between 20 to 50 years old and approximately 5-foot, 7 inches tall. He had brown hair.

The human remains were found in the 2300 block of Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard in Birmingham.

The man had a number of tattoos that may help someone identify the man.

Those tattoos include:

Right fingers – script letter on four individual fingers: “G”, “A”, “M”, “E”
Left fingers – script letter on four individual fingers: “O”, “V”, “E”, “R”
Right upper arm – image of playing cards
Right forearm – image of spade symbol with “PRONTO” script banner, script “KARMA”
Left upper arm – image of a skull
Left forearm –
Image of two dice, script “Speedy” and spade symbol with script “NO REST FOR THE WICKED”
Image of a scary clown face with top hat
Right chest – Asian symbol
Left chest – script “AMY”
Back – script “Jlove” with image of a jester skull

Yates said the man work a black string necklace with a metal cross pendant and had a single U.S. penny in his possession.

Anyone who knows the man’s identity or has any clues that might help investigators is asked to call the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office at 205-930-3603.