MI LENAWEE COUNTY JOHN DOE: W/HM, 20-40, found in cornfield in Blissfield, MI - 19 Nov 1997

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On November 19, 1997 unrecognizable human remains were found in a cornfield in section 22 of Blissfield Township, which is west of Corey Highway and north of Carroll Highway in Lenawee County, Michigan. The head and both hands were missing, and the body had sustained damage from insect and animal activity. A layer of snow was covering nearly all of the body. Forensic investigators determined the remains were of a light-skinned Hispanic male, 20-40 years old, approximately 5’8” tall and weighing about 150 pounds. Investigators followed up on a tip indicating the man had come from the McAllen, Texas area, but they were unable to confirm the information or find anyone matching the description missing from that area at the time. The man probably died sometime earlier the same year.

Status: Research in progress



Demographics
Sex: Male
Race / Ethnicity: White / Caucasian, Hispanic / Latino
Estimated Age Group: Adult
Estimated Age Range (Years): 20-40
Estimated Year of Death: 1997
Height: 5' 8"(68 inches) , Estimated
Weight: 150 lbs, Estimated

Circumstances
Type: Unidentified Deceased
Date Body Found: November 19, 1997
Location Found Map
Location: Blissfield Township, Michigan
County: Lenawee County
Circumstances of Recovery: The body of a light skinned Hispanic male was found west of Corey Highway, north of Carroll Highway in section 22 of Blissfield Township, Lenawee County, Michigan with a layer of snow covering most of the body. Both hands and head were missing. No scars or tattoos present. Per a witness the victim's name is possibly ROBERTO. He was married with children and had a house where he raised chickens between McAllen and Weslaco, Texas. When "Roberto" left home, he was supposed to be traveling only to Chicago and then back.
Details of Recovery
Inventory of Remains: Head not recovered, One or both hands not recovered
Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Insect/animal activity



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Windstorm

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Lenawee County John Doe 1997 was added to Gedmatch by the DNA Doe Project. As of February 22, 2021, he had just over 800 DNA matches. His highest match is 51.5 cM - this is not a substantial match. He is on the Google Drive spreadsheet at:
 

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