Unidentified Black Male Died July 3, 2009 in Philadelphia
Photo on the left is the decedent's mug shot from April 2006, sketch on the right completed by Frank Bender, based on the mug shot and port-mortem photo.
Vital Statisitics Estimated Age: 60 Height: 6'1" Weight: 199 lbs Hair: balding Facial Hair: salt & pepper beard Distinguishing Characteristics: no marks, scars or tattoos. Clothing: Black shoes, red shorts, purple short-sleeved shirt and black sweater. Dentals: no teeth, but xrays are available Fingerprints: Finger and palm prints available. DNA: Available Nickname:"Poppa Doc" - a name given to him by others in Philadelphia's homeless community
Case Details On Friday, July 3, 2009, at around 8:30 a.m., two police officers responded to a report of a homeless man in the lower concourse of the Municipal Services building, not far from City Hall, waving a box cutter. The officers attempted to use their batons to knock the cutter from the man's hand, to no avail. After repeats demands from the officers to drop the weapon, the man lunged at them. Police fired four shots. The man was taken to the Hahnemann University Hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead at 9:02 am. He carried no identification.
When the man's prints were run through the city, state and federal databases, a match came back for a "Morgan Mumford" who had been arrested on April 8, 2006 for breaking into a North Philadelphia building. Police traced the name to an address in Mount Airy. There they found "Morgan Mumford", a much younger man and very much alive.
Despite numerous inquiries and an extensive investigation conducted by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, the homeless man who likely 'borrowed' someone else's name remains unidentified.
If you have any information about this case, please contact:
Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office Eugene Suplee or Steve Olszewski 215-685-7445 email Agency Case Number: 09-02619