"Somebody knows who this is:" Reebok sweatshirt, other clues may help ID remains found in Kenosha Co.

KENOSHA COUNTY -- A sweatshirt and gas station rewards card may help Kenosha County authorities identify human remains found last December in the Village of Somers.

Human remains found in Somers

It was along the wooded shoreline of Lake Michigan at 10th and Sheridan, where out-of-state visitors spotted a partial human skeleton in the water. Officials believe the body had been there for months, if not over a year -- leaving them with little clues about an age, race or sex of the person as a result of decomposition. Now, they're relying on the public to put the pieces together.

"At this point, we have no clue who this person is or where they came from," said Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth. "The body is pretty severely decomposed and there were parts of the body missing. One of the major parts was the head," said Beth.

The Kenosha County medical examiner is hoping articles of clothing and items found on the skeleton will lead to a positive identification.

Human remains found in Somers

Patrice Hall

"That's our hope, that somebody out there will recognize these belongings and will come forward," said Patrice Hall, Kenosha County medical examiner.

Perhaps the most telling of the clues -- an adult XXXL Reebok sweatshirt with orange and red lettering, likely made in 2015 -- as well as a Thorntons rewards card. While there isn't a name or address connected to the card, detectives were able to determine that all of the transactions on it took place at Thorntons gas station on Green Bay and Sunset Roads in Waukegan, Illinois.


"All of the purchases occurred between December 12th of 2012, and January 27th of 2014. All of the purchases were in cash," said Hall.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth

The medical examiner said the remains are currently at the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, awaiting results from DNA tests and an anthropology exam performed on the bones. The results will then be cross-checked in their national database of unidentified persons. That process could take more than six months.

"This is obviously someone that's missing and somebody knows who this is," said Sheriff Beth.

Other items found on the body include a key that belongs to the trunk or door of an 80s or 90s model Cadillac, like a Seville.

If you have any information that could help in this case, you're asked to contact the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department.