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BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Boynton Beach librarians are on a search for a wanted man.

In an old piece of furniture, they found a portrait of a man who could have died 150 years ago.

Aside from the way the man looks, Boynton archivist Janet de Vries can only say one thing for sure.

"He's dead," she states matter-of-factly.

She notices a piece of paper sticking out from his breast pocket.

"It appears to be a small notebook of some type. Perhaps he did have something to do with the post office or the railroad," said de Vries.

She also notices very large sideburns.

"It's called a burnside, or a sideburn, and the time period that it was popular was ground the Civil War era," she said.

De Vries is so curious partly because of how he was found. Library staffers were moving an old cabinet. In a back drawer, they found the portrait and some moldy post office ledgers.

"Was he related to someone who worked at the post office?" asked de Vries.

On Monday night, the library held an open house for people to give their ideas on who the mystery man is.

Although most were clueless, one thought he knew where the cabinet came from. It's the first new clue in a piece of Boynton's history.

"He's somebody's relative. We don't know if he's related to you or to me or to anybody else in town. But it's one of Boynton's unsolved mysteries," said de Vries.

Librarians are asking you to take a good look at him.

It's possible that their best chance is for someone to say he looks like a relative.

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