This is the last reconstruction case I prepared and photographed in December at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. This victim was found at a homeless camp on Capital Hill. He’s a white male 30 to 60 years of age, but probably toward the lower end of that range. There was no mandible with these remains, only the cranium. A reconstruction in this type of case involves a certain amount of conjecture to recreate an average mandible. The artist has to go with the odds and assume an average size and shape for the missing part. If this subject had an especially large or small jaw, the drawing will not look much like him in the lower part of the face.
Keeping in mind where this subject was found, I assume he probably was unable to shave regularly. I added a beard to his face to somewhat disguise the unknown jawline.