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Body of decapitated man to be exhumed in Warren County

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WARRENTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Investigators are hopeful the DNA will help solve a nearly 30-year-old murder that was recently reopened in Warren County. 

Paperwork has been filed and exhumation could take place next month in the 1987 case in which a man's headless and handless body was found in the woods near Wright City. 

Sheriff Lt. Matt Schmutz has already filled one large binder with the files, notes and photos of the case. The evidence box for the case has sat largely untouched since the late 1980's and the case went cold despite investigators tracking down more than 50 leads. 

"They did a good job for their time, but things have changed," says Schmutz. 

The headless and handless body was found in 1987 by a squirrel hunter in rural northern Wareen County. 

Schmutz believes the male corpse's clothing may be the best clues as to his identity, a Rose Bowl t-shirt. He believes the shirt was purchased in Michigan, Arizona or Pasadena because of the lack of malls in 1987 and the relevance those areas played in that year's Rose Bowl. 

The man was also wearing Oscar De La Renta jeans with 82 cents in his pocket, along with a token imprinted with the logo of the Kansas City International Airport. 

His remains were buried in the Warrenton City Cemetery. 

Police believe the man was between 35 and 45-years-old, about 5 feet 9 inches, and 230 to 245 pounds. 

An autopsy revealed that the man had both alcohol and cocaine in his system. It also showed that he had what appeared to be an old gunshot wound and seven broken ribs. 

The case is one of only two unsolved homicides in Warren County. 

The other was a woman's torso found at a rest stop outside Wright City ten years ago. Schmutz says there are some similarities, but he doesn't believe the two cases are related. 

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