Cops Crack 40-Year-Old Mystery of Man Found Murdered on Rural Palm Beach Road

Police have made a significant breakthrough in the 40-year-old cold-case murder of a man found on a rural Palm Beach road.

Joseph W. Newman’s skeletal remains were identified on Tuesday through DNA analysis conducted by Othram.

Newman, last seen alive in spring 1983 after traveling from Toms River, New Jersey, to Florida, lived in Bal Harbour and Kendall in Miami-Dade County, according to Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies.

A man searching for aluminum cans along the New River Canal discovered Newman’s remains on February 3, 1984, about 30 feet from Highway 27. The remains were bound and clothed in pants, underwear, and socks.

Using the same technology that caught the Golden State Killer, authorities extracted DNA from Newman’s bones and matched it with a distant relative’s DNA. Now, they hope to find his killer.

“We’re definitely looking at a homicide,” said Detective G.F. Radford, according to The Palm Beach Post.

The investigation will focus on identifying Newman’s associates, including a man known as Jamie, who was in his mid-30s at the time and believed to be one of the last people seen with him. Jamie was described as a “muscular” man who “often bragged about being a football player,” investigators said.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information about Newman’s murder.

Anyone with information about the case should contact Detective John Cogburn at 561-688-4063, [email protected], or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 1-800-458-TIPS (8477).

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