An unidentified homicide victim from 1997 will be exhumed Wednesday as part of a Clark County forensic science project to solve John and Jane Doe cases, according to the county coroner's office.
The office received a $400,000 federal grant in 2009 to exhume as many as 50 unnamed people who died and were buried in the county.
The man to be exhumed Wednesday, believed to be Antonio Marino, an illegal immigrant between 35 and 40 years old from El Salvador, is the first case in the project.
The exhumation will take place at 6:30 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home.
There are 160 unsolved cases in the county. Those 160 cases will be reviewed and the cases most likely to be solved using DNA analysis will be chosen, officials said.
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