1915 Colton John Doe

An unknown man I call the “1915 Colton John Doe” was found hanging from a willow tree in the Santa Ana river bottom, 2 miles southwest of Colton, San Bernardino County, California. Suicide, no identification. When I read that this unidentified man picked a willow tree to commit suicide the symbolism ran wild in my […]

Oronoque Rd John Doe

Milford Police in Connecticut is asking for your help to identify this man. I have named him Oronoque Rd John Doe as this was where the unidentified man was found in August 21, 1992. Milford Police Detective Mitchell Warwick told News8 the following: on August 21,1992 two pedestrians found skeletal remains wrapped in a blanket across the street […]

Unidentified: Conroe Lake John Doe

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help in the case of an unidentified man I call the Conroe Lake John Doe. On August 3, 1986, his body was found floating in Conroe’s Crater Lake. He was bound to two concrete cinder blocks with an electrical cord. Authorities think that the unidentified man was white, approx. […]

The Unidentified

Please welcome Rebekah Turner who joins the cause to name the unidentified. She wrote the post below to introduce her project to my blog’s readers in hopes that you will use her database as well. I have said it before and cannot stress this enough: cold case work is teamwork. If you have a missing loved […]

“Little Miss Nobody”

“Little Miss Nobody” is still without her name by Silvia Pettem© Several years ago, while working with my local sheriff’s office on the case of “Boulder Jane Doe” (a then-unidentified murder victim from 1954), my research led me to Prescott, Arizona. There, I came across the case of an unidentified little girl whose likely murdered […]

New search options from NCMEC

The NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) has a new search tool. They have launched an interactive map of unidentified human remains cases combined with a database. The interface has the map and the data on one screen making is super easy and eye-friendly. On the map (click here) you can search the […]

Pulaski County Jane Doe

WARNING: autopsy photography below! This Pulaski County Jane Doe was found at 847am on May 25, 1981 near Dixon, in Pulaski County, Missouri. She was near Hwy MM at the low water crossing. She had been dead for about four to five hours. Her case appeared in the NamUs database on May 02, 2012 with […]

NamUs: underutilized. Why?

“NamUs is one of the most underutilized tools, not just from law enforcement, but also from the public,” said retired NYPD Det. Joseph Giacalone, a former cold case investigator. “It’s one of the greatest tools that can be used to solve some of these cases, but no one knows about it.” Joseph Giacalone is no stranger […]