CA SAN DIEGO JOHN DOE: M, 2-4, found off I-15 near San Diego, CA - 4 May 2004

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On May 4, 2004, skeletal remains of an unidentified male child were found in a wooded area of Rancho Bernardo near the I-15 exit in San Diego, California. The remains were located inside a green and tan travel type duffle bag that appeared to have been dumped in the area. It is believed the victim had been deceased for at least one year. The decedent was found wearing one pair of child sized red warm-up pants with white stripes down the sides of the pant legs, a blue vest with a gray hood with "Football Power" and a yellow football player on the front ("French Toast" brand, size 3T), a green sweatshirt with "Winter Fever" and a cartoon surfer on the front ("Worm_El" brand, size 8), and a long sleeved red sweatshirt with a cartoon girl with ponytails and pink heart sunglasses on the front (size 5). Also found with the body was a long sleeved tan/black/red casual shirt (adult size extra large) with "Kamikaze" printed on the front and "Racing Team" printed on the back. Isotope analysis has revealed that the child was likely born in the United States, possibly in the Southeast, and may have moved westward after birth. Based on the analysis, the child may have spent time in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas or California prior to his death. The featured reconstruction is an artist's rendering of what the John Doe may have looked like. Anyone with information should contact the San Diego Police Department, reference case number 04-029569.

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The decedent is currently an unidentified male child, between the ages of 2.5 to 3.5 years. On 05/04/04, the skeletal remains were found by hikers in a wooded area of Rancho Bernardo. The skeletal remains were in a travel type bag that appeared to have been dumped in the area. The postmortem interval was over a year.


Accessories: 1 green/tan canvas travel bag with leather handles - Near the Body
14 fragments of a red satin-type cloth, fragments of red mesh cloth and fragments of a red ribbed cloth - Near the Body
1 tan and yellow blanket with fringe trim - Near the Body

Clothing: 1 green padded winter-type jacket - Near the Body
1 long sleeved tan, black and red casual shirt, size extra large, with “Kamikaze” printed on the front and “Racing Team” printed on the back - Near the Body
1 pair of child sized red warm-up pants with white stripes down the sides of the pant legs - On the Body
2 gray-tan socks with red trim at the top - On the Body
1 blue vest with a gray hood labeled with “Football Power” on the front with a yellow football player. The label on the blue vest says “French toast” and is a size 3T. - Near the Body
1 long sleeved green sweatshirt, which has a cartoon surfer on the front and says “Winter Fever”. The label says “WORM_EL” and is a size 8. - Near the Body
1 long sleeved red sweatshirt, which has a cartoon girl with ponytails and pink heart sunglasses on the front. It is a size 5. - On the Body


 
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Date of Discovery: May 4, 2004
Location of Discovery: Rancho Bernardo, San Diego County, California
Estimated Date of Death: 1999-2003
State of Remains: Skeletal
Cause of Death: Presumed homicide

Estimated Age: 2-4 years old
Race: Unknown; most likely White
Sex: Male
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Hair Color: Light to medium brown
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown.

Dentals: Unknown.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing: Child-sized red warm-up pants with white stripes down the sides of the pant legs, a blue vest with a gray hood with "Football Power" and a yellow football player on the front (French Toast brand, size 3T), a green sweatshirt with "Winter Fever" and a cartoon surfer on the front ("Worm_El" brand, size 8), and a long sleeved red sweatshirt with a cartoon girl with ponytails and pink heart sunglasses on the front (size 5). Long sleeved tan/black/red casual shirt (adult size extra large) with "Kamikaze" printed on the front and "Racing Team" printed on the back. 14 fragments of a red satin-type cloth, fragments of red mesh cloth and fragments of a red ribbed cloth.
Jewelry: None.
Additional Personal Items: Tan and yellow blanket with fringe trim. Gray-tan socks with red trim at the top. Green/tan canvas travel/duffel bag with leather handles.

Circumstances of Discovery
The child's body was discovered in a duffel bag in Rancho Bernardo, California, near the I-15 exit in San Diego, with several articles of clothing and a blanket.

Isotope testing by the University of South Florida indicated the victim's mother had spent a portion of her pregnancy in the Southeastern part of the United States. The child was likely born in that area and spent the first year of his life there. They would later travel to California.

He may have spent time in the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas before his death.

The victim is known as "Baby Doe" to investigators. A $1,000 reward is offered for his identity, that of his parents and/or details surrounding his death.

 

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