WI KENOSHA JOHN DOE: M, 39-60, found near train tracks near Pleasant Prairie, WI - 27 Aug 1993


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In August 1993 the mostly decomposed body of a middle-aged white male was discovered by a photographer near the Soo Line tracks near Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha County, Wisconsin. He stood 5′ 11″ and had a medium to slender build. He had long black hair and a black and grey mustache. On his left forearm he had a large distinctive tattoo consisting of leaves, overlapping panther claws, and a snake.

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Date of Discovery: August 27, 1993
Location of Discovery: Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Estimated Date of Death: Four months prior
State of Remains: Partial skeletal
Cause of Death: Unknown

Estimated Age: 39-60 years old
Race: Unknown, possibly Hispanic, Native American, White or an admixture.
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" to 6'1"
Weight: Unknown
Hair Color: Black with black/gray mustache.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Tattoo on left forearm of a dragonfly, bear claw and a face. Slender, medium build.

Dentals: Available. Had four upper front teeth.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing: White T shirt (appeared dyed red), grey Jordache jeans, one heavy sock on left foot.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

The decedent's remains were found in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, on August 27, 1993.

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Circumstances of Recovery: The decedent was found near the Soo Line railroad tracks.

Isotope analysis completed in November 2018 suggests the decedent may have been from the following locations: Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and southern regions of the Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec). There is also a slight possibility for a region of origin in Colorado, New Brunswick (Canada), and New Foundland (Canada).

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In 2020, the Kenosha County Medical Examiner’s Office announced new DNA information on January 14, 2020. This new information suggests that the man may have ties to the Catawba Nation of South Carolina and relatives in Sonora, Mexico.


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