A forensic artist’s sketch of the burn victim. Drawing by PJ Puterbaugh via County News Center

The San Diego County Medical Examiner‘s office called on residents Friday to help identify a man who died last month after suffering severe burns that may have been self-inflicted.

The man, who identified himself only as Randy, was found July 4 under an overpass in Carmel Valley and brought to the burn unit at UC San Diego Medical Center, where he died July 10.

Officials in the Medical Examiner’s office believe the man set himself on fire and may have been homeless. Due to the extensive burn injuries he sustained, they were unable to use fingerprints or locate an identifier such as a tattoo or birthmark to help identify him.

Investigators said the man was believed to be either Hispanic or white and somewhere between his 20s and early 40s. He had short dark hair, green or hazel eyes, stood between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighed roughly 270 pounds.

Anyone who may know the man’s identity are asked to contact the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Investigations unit at 858-694-2905. Tipsters should reference case number 2019-01765 when contacting the Investigations unit.

–City News Service

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