The Unidentified

Can A Picture Lead to The Identity of Unidentified Man?

kingstondoeAn unidentified white male between the ages of 30 to 50 was found deceased near a forested area by the Wiltwyck Cemetery. The area is located behind Pine Grove Avenue in the town of Kingston, New York. The deceased had died from a gunshot wound to the head and been dead for several days. It is believed that he was between the weight of 185 to 205 pounds (84 to 93 kilograms) and around 5’11 to 6’3 feet/inches and around 185 centimeters. He also had brown hair, a scar on his abdomen (possibly an appendectomy) and he was uncircumcised. He had also had a good amount of dental work on his teeth which included a maxillary fixed bridge that was porcelain fused to white metal.

Perhaps the biggest clue as to a possible identity of this man is a picture that was found of a man posing with a male infant. Could this have been the deceased man? It is possible that he was from Europe.

If you have any information as to who this person may be, please contact the Ulster County Medical Examiner’s Office at (845)340-3323.  For more information (such as clothing and personal effects found on the deceased) visit the The Doe Network.

T-Shirt May Hold Clues to Identity of Murder Victim

janedoetshirtBoston Police have a 2 decade old mystery on their hands in trying to identify the killer(s) and the name of an unidentified woman found on August 1st, 1994. She had been found in a wooded area near the Ennerking and Turtle Pond Parkways in the Hyde Park section of Boston. Police think may have been between the ages of 20 to 30 years old. She was white, with brown hair, between five foot one to three inches tall and weighed around 120 to 130 pounds. An autopsy revealed that she died from head trauma and was a victim of foul play. She may have been dead for several months up to a few years. There is no composite sketch of her but her clothing that she was found in may provide a clue. She wore Jordache sneakers and S.F.O. jeans. It is the T-shirt she was wearing which could provide clues as to this Jane Doe may be. It was a Fruit of the Loom brand shirt that had a large baseball image and the word “SQUEEZE” in red letters. On the reverse side, it had the words “PLAY”.

Anyone with information on this woman’s name and murder can contact the Detective John F. Cronin from the Cold Case Unit at Boston Police Homicide at the phone number of (617) 343-5837. You can also call anonymously into the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-(800)-494-TIPS. Those with information about this case can also text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Identity of Murdered Child Sought after more than Four Decades

johndoe11It was May 7, 1972, when the body of a preteen white male child was found near a pond off of Indian Lake Road in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida. The child who believe had been dead for three to four days, weighed 120 pounds and was five foot two. The child had died at the hands of someone in a very violent crime.

The victim had wavy dark, brown hair but eye colord is unknown due to the state of decomposition in which the victim was found. johndoe1pic21The Medical Examiners office estimates that the deceased was between the ages of 11 and 14. He had no noticable dental problems with his teeth which may mean that he was taken well care of before his death. The Namus Database states that he was wearing the following clothing: Red and white short-sleeved striped knit shirt, grey tweed pants, and a blue denim jacket. His footwear consisted of Brown dress socks; black loafer shoe with silver buckle on the side (size 8 1/2).

Isotope testing was done on the victim and it is revealed that the deceased was probably born in Florida or spent most of his life in the state. For more information about this case with additional images as to what this child may have looked like prior to death, visit the Doe Network

If you have any information about who killed this child and who the murderer(s) may be, contact the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office at the phone numbers of 386-254-1537 x11425 or 386-254-4689. You can also use email at the address of rhenshaw(at)

Does a Piece of Clothing Hold The Secret to The Identity of an Unknown Murder Victim?

princegeorgejanedoeOn March 25, 2000 in Clinton, Maryland, the remains of a woman were found. The victims identity is unknown and it is believed that she was killed by blunt force trauma. It is estimated that the victim had been dead for about a month and that her age could have ranged from 15 to 30 years of age. She was of African descent, with brown eyes and black hair. She wore 12 inch hair extensions. Items found on the deceased victim include a jean jacket and plastic Tweety Bird wristwatch. There was also the initial C.S written on a tag on a piece of clothing. Perhaps the most telling clue of this woman’s identity is that she was found wearing a T Shirt with the logo “1995 Special Olympics World Games, New Haven, CT, USA”. Is it possible that this woman was a participant in the 1995 Special Olympics in New Haven. Could the initials C.S. be hers or a family members? If you know who this individual might be, please contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-772-4925. The picture of the victim is a clay recreation of what the victim probably looked like. For additional information on this case please click on the link for the Doe Network.

A Practical Joke or Something More Sinister?

It was February 26, 1986 when a couple was walking in New Haven, Connecticut and noticed a bizarre site in the shallow part of the West River. A pair of human legs. The Medical Examiner determined that they belonged to a white male who was 20 to 30 years old and must been between five foot ten and six feet tall. His shoe size was 10 1/2 inches and the bottom of the feet were scratched off. It was also determined that the legs were surgically removed after the death of the unknown male. The remains could have been in the water for up to a week due to the cold temperature of the water that winter. The legs were absent of embalming fluid and in excellent condition with no signs of disease. Police felt it was unlikely that the remain came from a funeral home. It is possible that the remains could have been been from a cadaver from a medical school. A sick practical joke. But it was never determined if that was the case. It could have also been a homicide that someone wanted to cover up. To this day the remains have never been identified and a cause and manner of death never determined. IF you have any information about this case, please call the New Haven Police Department at (203)946-6316.

Four Decades Later, who is Mr. X?

For several decades, the Rhode Island Medical Examiner’s Office has been trying to solve the identity of a possible unidentified male whose partial remains were found on the afternoon of March 10, 1977. He had been referred to in a newspaper article as Mr. X. He was found when a fishing vessel that was 31 miles off Point Judith hauled in the decomposed remains that been submerged in the murky deep water. The remains were partial in that legs, hands, forearms and even part of the head was missing. It is believed that he may have been between the ages of 30 to 70 but it is possible he could have been younger. There was one interesting characteristic of the body, there was a .22 caliber bullet was lodged in the upper left hip. Police were not sure if the bullet was from before his death (a possible war wound) or if the person was killed by the bullet or shot when he was already dead.  Police theorize that the male was dead for at least a year.  A 1986 Providence Journal Article stated that Mr X had significant atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).  A bone found in the skull indicated that there was an extra bone called the “os inca” and is often found in American Indians (Aboroginal Indians). However, there was other bone structure that suggested he may have been a Caucasian. The Medical Examiner also noted that Mr. X had a separation of the sacrum which pointed to a mild case of spina bifida.

If you have any information about who this man may be, contact the Rhode Island Office of the State Medical Examiners at 401-222-5500.

A Hunting Trip Turns Up Something Out of the Ordinary

On October 9, 2006, two bow hunters looking for deer made an unusual discovery. In a marshy area where the Salmon and Connecticut Rivers merge in Haddam, Connecticut named “Cove Meadow Peninsuela”, one of the hunters found the skull partially submerged in the ground. It was later determined that the skull was that of a white male between the ages of 35 and 45 years of age. No other bones were found near the area where the skull was found. Police are not sure if the skull washed there from flooding from the northern part of the rivers, or if the victim died or was placed there.

Man’s Identity Still Unknown After A Century

The Town Clerks Office in the Cheshire, Connecticut has many records on file. Perhaps the most mysterious of these is the death certificate of a man found deceased on May 19, 1910. The medical examiner listed the man’s cause of death as being caused by shock. He had a fractured skull, tibia and both legs. He had been hit by a train. It is unknown if it was a suicide. But he was described as a white male around the age of thirty. He is buried in Hillside Cemetery.

Killers Convicted but Real Name of Victim Still Unknown

ledyardjanedoeIt was May 30, 1974 when the Connecticut State Police went to a house on Shewville Road in the then quiet town of Ledyard. They had been given a tip about two murders and dug up a shallow grave in a wooded area behind the house. The decomposed bodies of a man and a woman were found. The man was successfully identified as convicted bank robber, Gustavous Lee Carmichael. Carmichael was a serial bank and had even escaped custody from jail. He and the woman (who was his girlfriend) used the aliases, Dirk and Lorraine Stahl before their murders on December 31, 1970.
Richard DeFreitas and Donald Brant were convicted of the murders. The reason why they killed the two was a result of concerns that the unidentified woman (Lorraine Stahl) would divulge details of the illegal activities of Carmichael’s.  The victim also wore a ring which is pictured here.  doering

The victim is described as being in her early twenties with red hair. She was about five foot one and between 110 and 115 pounds. Police believe that she may have been from either New York or possibly from Maine. She may have also driven a 1964 Green Oldsmobile with either Massachusetts or Maine plates. Pictured above is a ring found on the female victim. If you know who this unidentified female is, please contact the Connecticut Medical Examiner at 860-679-3980. As of June 2012, Defreitas is still alive and serving a life sentence in prison.

Baby Found Dead in Ravine

She was the smallest of victims to die in Newport News, Virginia in 1992.  Almost three decades later, questions remain as to left an unidentified female infant of African ancestry in a ravine in the 200 block of River Road.  She had black hair, brown eyes and weighed six pounds.  A newspaper article in 1992, listed her death as one of thirty three that year in that city.  To date, her mother, father and her name remain a mystery.  If you have any information as to who this child may be, contact the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Tidewater District at 757 683-8366.  

Shocking Discovery in the Woods

On March 13, 1975,Two boys playing in the woods in East Lyme, Connecticut came across a horrible discovery in a bag. It was the body of newborn baby male child with his umbilical chord and placenta still attached. The baby was found near a stone wall behind 39 Park Place not far from a housing project. It was later determined that the white male child was the victim of a homicide due to asphyxiation. The child is referred to as Baby Boy Doe. Sadly, he was not the only unidentified child to be left in East Lyme. In 1941 an unknown female child no more than 3 days old was found in the Black Point Creek, she had died from a cerebral hemorrhage. In early November of 1976, the body of a female infant (possibly a late term fetus) was found in a gravel pile near Grassy Hill Road and the Nehantic State Forest. The deceased child in this case was given the name of Baby Doe and the manner of death in her case is unknown.

If you know the parents or siblings of any of these children are please call the Connecticut State Police at 860-685-8190.

Who was Victim of Homicidal Drowning?

brunswickdoeIt was May 13th, 1977 when the body of a black adult male was found wrapped in a burlap bag by the U.S. 74/76 bridge in Brunswick County in North Carolina. He was found in the Brunswick River in the town of Leland. Police believe foul play was involved and the man was rolled up alive and purposely drowned. Police believe the victim fought valiantly trying to get out of the burlap bag. The victim was naked except for a pair of blue socks. It is possible that the victim was dumped in the water upriver. He could have also been dumped in the Cape Fear River near Elizabethtown and Fayetteville. It is believed the victim may have been between the ages of 18 to 30 years old.
If you have any idea who this victim is or who killed him, please call the North Carolina Office of the Medical Examiner at 919-743-9000.


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