FL MIAMI JOHN DOE: WM, 10-21, found in hotel in Miami, FL - 5 Jan 1988 - Alias Bob/Bobby/Robert Copeland


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662UMFL - Unidentified Male
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Reconstructions of the victim (left by Samantha Steinberg).

Date of Discovery: January 5, 1988
Location of Discovery: Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida
Estimated Date of Death: Recent
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 10-21 years old
Race: White
Sex: Male
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 145 to 153 lbs.
Hair: Light brown to blond; longer in the back, extending to his neck.
Eye Color: Gray or brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Scars on his left forearm, right forearm, right thigh, and on both wrists.

Dentals: Available. Good dental health with no evidence of treatment.
Fingerprints: Available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: White shirt with flag decal; blue jeans; white ankle socks and high-top white and blue sneakers. Additionally, women's clothing was found with the body.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery
The victim was located in a hotel in Miami, Florida on January 5, 1988.

At the time, he was working with a group of young persons as a magazine subscription salesman.

He had given his name to others as "Robert," "Bob" or "Bobby Copeland" and claimed he was a foster child from NY State but searches under that name have been unproductive.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Miami-Dade County Medical Examiners Office
Agency Contact Person: Brittney McLaurin
Agency Phone Number: 305-545-2460 or 305-545-2400
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 1988-00049

NCIC Case Number: U653348267
NamUs Case Number: 1212
NCMEC Case Number:1111149

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