CO MORRISON JOHN DOE: M, 18-30, found near highway in Jefferson County, CO - 13 February 1977

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Hikers discovered the victim's body in a military-type, mummy-style sleeping bag, about 100 feet over the embankment from US Highway 285, one mile south of Colorado Highway 8.

An investigation revealed that in mid-December 1976, a man had come to the door of the nearby Twin Forks Motel in Tiny Town asking to use a phone to obtain a ride to Littleton. He had several minor cuts to his face, which were bleeding. He indicated that he had been in a fight with his brother and the brother made him get out of the car. The man indicated that he had kicked out the windshield in his brother's car. He used the phone, but did not reach anyone. He was clothed only in a shirt and pants on a very cold night. The witness provided him a coat, and the man returned a short time later, apparently with his brother and returned the coat. The identity of this man was never determined, and it is unknown if it is related.



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Case Information
Status Unidentified
Case number 77-2497
Date found February 13, 1977 16:20
Date created October 08, 2010 16:49
Date last modified October 13, 2016 11:55
Investigating agency
date QA reviewed April 17, 2011 16:18

Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
Name John Graham
Agency Jefferson Cnty Coroners Ofc
Phone 303-271-6480
Case Manager
Name Elias Alberti
Phone 303-271-5195

Exclusions
The following people have been ruled out as being this decedent:
First Name Last Name Year of Birth State LKA
Mark Bachelder 1957 Texas
Michael Gaughan 1957 Texas
Joseph Halpern 1910 Colorado
Norman Prater 1956 Texas
Jimmy Robinson 1955 Oklahoma
Rudy Victor 1953 Colorado
 

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NamUs UP # 7988

ME/C Case Number: 77-2497
Jefferson County, Colorado
18 to 30 year old Male

Case Report - NamUs UP # 7988
Case Information
Status Unidentified
Case number 77-2497
Date found February 13, 1977 16:20
Date created October 08, 2010 16:49
Date last modified October 13, 2016 11:55
Investigating agency
date QA reviewed April 17, 2011 16:18

Local Contact (ME/C or Other)
Name John Graham
Agency Jefferson Cnty Coroners Ofc
Phone 303-271-6480
Case Manager
Name Elias Alberti
Phone 303-271-5195

Demographics
Estimated age Adult - Pre 40
Minimum age 18 years
Maximum age 30 years
Race Unsure
Ethnicity Other
Sex Male
Weight (pounds) 125, Estimated
Height (inches) 67, Measured
Body Parts Inventory (Check all that apply)
One or both hands not recovered
Body conditions
Not recognizable - Mummified
Probable year of death 1976 to 1977
Estimated postmortem interval 60 Days

Circumstances
Location Found
GPS coordinates
Address 1 1/4 mile south of Colorado Hwy 8 on US Hwy 285
Address 2
City Morrison
State Colorado
Zip code 80465
County Jefferson
Circumstances
Injury to the head.

Physical
Hair color Brown
Head hair
Hair is dark brown or black, about 9 cm in length
Body hair
no hair on chest or abdomen, black pubic hair, hair on lower legs and toes
Facial hair

Left eye color Unknown or Missing
Right eye color Unknown or Missing
Eye description
left eye is missing, right eye is collapsed and dried

Other distinctive
physical characteristics
right testicle was not identified, penis is dried and shrunken and could not be determined if circumcised

Fingerprints
Status: Fingerprint information is available and entered

Clothing and Accessories
Clothing and accessories are described below
Clothing on body
boxer shorts, Hanes size 30, 100% cotton, beige checked
t-shirt, Hanes size medium 38-40, white
brown leather belt 1" width
Clothing with body
none
Footwear
none
Jewelry
none
Eyewear
none
Other items found
with body
military mummy sleeping bag

Dental
Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

DNA
Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete


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Artistic renderings of the victim

Unidentified Male
Date of Discovery: February 13, 1977
Location of Discovery: Morrison, Jefferson County, Colorado
Estimated Date of Death: 30 to 60 days prior
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Mummified
Cause of Death: Homicide by blunt force trauma to the head

Physical Description
** Listed information is approximate

Estimated Age: 18-30 years old
Race: Unknown, possibly Native American.
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" to 5'8"
Weight: 125-145 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark brown or black, 5" in length.
Eye Color: eye color here

Distinguishing Marks/Features: Size 5 feet. No hair on chest.

Dentals: Available.
Fingerprints: Available.
DNA: Available.
Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Hanes cotton boxer shorts (size 30), beige checkered Hanes T-shirt (size medium 38-40), and a 1" wide leather belt.

Jewelry: Unknown

Additional Personal Items: Military sleeping bag.

Case History
Hikers discovered the victim's body in a military-type, mummy-style sleeping bag, about 100 feet over the embankment from US Highway 285, one mile south of Colorado Highway 8.

An investigation revealed that in mid-December 1976, a man had come to the door of the nearby Twin Forks Motel in Tiny Town asking to use a phone to obtain a ride to Littleton. He had several minor cuts to his face, which were bleeding. He indicated that he had been in a fight with his brother and the brother made him get out of the car. The man indicated that he had kicked out the windshield in his brother's car. He used the phone, but did not reach anyone. He was clothed only in a shirt and pants on a very cold night. The witness provided him a coat, and the man returned a short time later, apparently with his brother and returned the coat. The identity of this man was never determined, and it is unknown if it is related.

Investigating Agency(s)
If you have any information about this case please contact;

Agency Name: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Investigator Cheryl Moore
Agency Phone Number: 303-271-5625
E-Mail
Agency Name: Jefferson County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: John Graham
Agency Phone Number: 303-271-6480

Agency Case Number: ME: 77-2497; LE: 77-03
NCIC Case Number: U090016606
NamUs Case Number: UP #7988
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Information Source(s)
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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Colorado Bureau of Investigations
Rocky Mountain News Archive (July 14, 2007)
 

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Morrison John Doe

Morrison John Doe was a man killed in Colorado and found in 1977. He may have been seen alive prior to being found.

Morrison John Doe



Sex Male
Race Unknown
(Possibly Native American
Location Morrison, Colorado
Found February 13, 1977
Unidentified for 41 years
Postmortem interval 1-2 months
Body condition Mummified
Age approximation 18-30
Height approximation 5'7-5'8
Weight approximation 125-145 pounds
Cause of death Beating
 

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An investigation revealed that in mid-December of 1976, a man had come to the door of the nearby Twin Forks Motel in Tiny Town asking to use the phone to obtain a ride to Littleton.
 

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Hikers discovered the victim's body in a military-type, mummy-style sleeping bag, about 100 feet over the embankment from US Highway 285, one mile south of Colorado Highway 8.

 

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Jeffco on the trail of two victims’ IDs

By KIRK MITCHELL | kmitchell@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: August 1, 2007 at 2:12 pm


Three decades separate the discoveries of two bodies – two men murdered and their bodies discarded near Morrison.

In both cases, homicide investigators say the key to solving the crimes is learning who they were.

“Without the identity as a starting point, we can’t begin to question people at his place of employment or ask about any of his habits,” Jefferson County sheriff’s Investigator Dan Dunnebecke said about a body found July 23 beside a home near Morrison.

Investigators don’t want the homicide investigation to turn into a cold case like that of a John Doe found in a sleeping bag Feb. 13, 1977.

They hope someone will see a sketch of the latest John Doe – believed to have been between 40 and 50 years old – and call the Sheriff’s Office, Dunnebecke said.

He was found about 50 feet from a home in the 8400 block of Scenic Drive on July 23 by a real estate agent and a potential homebuyer.

The victim is described as an adult man, 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10, with a medium build and a long, black ponytail. The man was wearing newer bluejeans and a gray T-shirt with the word “DECA” on the left breast.

He had on Georgia-brand brown work boots that can be purchased only by mail order, Dunnebecke said.

Dunnebecke can be reached at 303-271-5628 or ddunnebe@jeffco.us.

In the older case, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s and coroner’s offices presented a clay reconstruction Wednesday of a man bludgeoned on the head and dumped in a mummy military- style sleeping bag over an embankment on U.S. 285 about a mile south of Colorado 8.

The Caucasian man, who may have had Asian or Latino ancestors, was estimated to be between 20 and 24 years old, cold case Investigator Cheryl Moore said. He was 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-8, weighed between 120 and 145 pounds and had dark brown hair that was about 5 inches long, she said.

The clay sculpture of the victim could be the key to solving the homicide case, Moore said.

“Hopefully, somebody will look at this and say, ‘I know that guy,”‘ Moore said. “Whoever recognizes him may lead us to exactly who killed this person.”

The body was found by hikers about a month or two after it had been dumped over the ledge, Moore said.

In a possibly related incident, a man entered the Twin Forks Motel in Tiny Town a few months before the body was found. He was trying to get a ride back to Littleton. The man’s face was cut up and he said he had just gotten into a fight with his brother, who pushed him out of his car.

People who recognize the sculpture of the John Doe can contact Moore at 303-271-5625 or cmoore@jeffco.us.

Staff writer Kirk Mitchell can be reached at 303-954-1206 or kmitchell@denverpost.com.

THE CASES
1977 VICTIM: A Caucasian man who may have had Asian or Latino ancestors was estimated to be between 20 and 24 years old. He was 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-8, weighed between 120 and 145 pounds and had dark brown hair.

2007 VICTIM: He is described as an adult man, shown above, 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10, with a medium build and a long, black ponytail.
 

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