Phoenix Police release sketch of man who died after being set on fire

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who died after he was set on fire near downtown Phoenix.

Phoenix Police say officers on Dec. 1 saw what appeared to be smoke from a fire near Ninth Avenue and Buchanan Street.

Officers found the fire and after putting it out, they saw what appeared to be a man's body severely burned.

Firefighters responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead.

The man's death was ruled a murder and on Jan. 11, police released a composite sketch of the victim. He's described as a black man between 20 and 60 years old, who is 5'8" and 130 pounds. He was wearing a possible dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, unknown pants or shorts, and tennis shoes.

If you have any information, you're asked to call police at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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The victim is described as a black man between 20 and 60 years old, who is 5'8" and 130 pounds. He was wearing a possible dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, unknown pants or shorts, and tennis shoes. (Phoenix Police Department)