TN BIRCHWOOD JOHN DOE: WM, 35-45, found near Chickamauga Lake in Birchwood, TN - 28 Aug 2006


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On August 28, 2006, hunters found the body of an unidentified white male in a wooded area along Eldridge Road near Chickamauga Lake in Birchwood, Tennessee. He was wearing a gray t-shirt with a Tom and Jerry cartoon logo, Arizona-brand blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and a bandana. His teeth were in bad shape, with many missing and others with excessive decay and staining. He was estimated to be between 40 and 55 years old. The manner of death was listed as homicide.

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Sex: Male
Race / Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Estimated Age Group: Adult - Pre 50
Estimated Age Range (Years): 35-45
Estimated Year of Death: 2006
Estimated PMI: 2 Months
Height: 5' 11"(71 inches) , Estimated
Weight: 190 lbs, Estimated

Type: Unidentified Deceased
Date Body Found: August 28, 2006
Location Found Map
Location: Birchwood, Tennessee 37341
County: Hamilton County
Circumstances of Recovery: homicide

Details of Recovery
Inventory of Remains: All parts recovered
Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial remains with soft tissues

Physical Description
Hair Color: Brown
Head Hair Description: 3-4" length, wavy

Distinctive Physical Features
Scar/mark: Surgical scar on right elbow

Clothing and Accessories
Clothing: Light colored t-shirt with Tom & Jerry saying "Easily Amused"
Blue jeans 34" waist
Pair light colored socks
Light colored bandana worn covering head
Light colored brief underwear
Pair white leather tennis shoes



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In 2006, investigators were notified of a body found by some hunters in the 12900 block of Eldridge Road in Birchwood.

Detectives have been unable to determine the man's identity but know he was a victim of murder.

The preliminary facts are as follows:

White Male
40–55 years of age
5'10" to 6' in height
160-200 pounds

The man was wearing:

Arizona brand jeans, size 34 waist
Gray t-shirt with a Tom & Jerry cartoon logo
White tennis shoes
Head bandana, unknown color

Additionally, these physical characteristics may help identify the man:
Surgical scar on right elbow
Two screws in right elbow
Compressed disc in lower back which may have caused back problems
No upper teeth



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Chattanooga John Doe 2006 (Hamilton County, TN) was added to Gedmatch by the DNA Doe Project. As of February 22, 2021, he has almost 6,000 DNA matches. His highest match is 99.3 cM - this is not a substantial match. He is on the Google Drive spreadsheet at:

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