More than Three Decades Later, the name of a Dead Hitchhiker Baffles Authorities….

It’s a mystery that has consumed the Arkansas State Crime Lab for nearly four decades. Who is the man that drowned on October 18th, 1984 near the town of Malverne?

The Unidentified man died as a result of a car accident when the vehicle he was driving, crashed into a body of water. The other occupant of the car (the owner) managed to get out safely. The unidentified victim was not so lucky as he was trapped under water for as long as 30 minutes and sustained loss of oxygen to his brain which would kill him two days later.

The owner of the vehicle did not know the hitchhiker’s name but it is believed that he had been hitchhiking when he was picked up by the owner of the vehicle in Louisville, Kentucky. The owner of the car was on his way to Houston, Texas and allowed the hitchhiker to come along. During the drive, the owner of the vehicle allowed the victim to drive while he (the owner) went to sleep. Shortly after the victim took the wheel, the two got into a car accident.

The victim is a White male who is five foot eight inches tall, 167 pounds and maybe around the ages of 25 to 35 years. He had medium to dark brown hair which measured about 6 inches in length. The deceased also had a bushy, brown beard, brown eyes a small circular scar on his left ankle. Found on him were: Brown boot shoes; a pair of red, black and white sweat socks sized M8; a cut brown sweater; 28 x 32 Corduroy trousers; and multicolored long sleeved shirt ” John Henry ” (his neck size was 14 1/2 inches (32-33)).

IT is possible that he may have been from the New Haven, Connecticut area and that he may have also been trying to get to California as a destination point. If anyone has any information as to who he is, please contact the Hot Spring County Coroners Office at 501-732-0561 . You can email them at chris.edwards@crimelab.arkansas.gov.

To see photos of him post-mortem please visit here. CAUTION: https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/3123/details?nav

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