KY SHEPERDSVILLE JOHN DOE: WM, 18-22, found burned in Shepardsville, KY - 9 May 1976 - Maybe from Canada


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1568UMKY - Unidentified Male​


Reconstruction of the victim.

Date of Discovery: May 9, 1976
Location of Discovery: Shepherdsville, Bullitt County, Kentucky
Estimated Date of Death: 1 day or more prior
State of Remains: Burned
Cause of Death: Homicide

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 18-22 years old
Race: White
Sex: Male
Height: 5'6" to 5'7"
Weight: 140 to 150 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown to auburn at the ends; wore a mustache. The auburn coloration may have been a result of the body being burned.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Healed fracture to left side of lower jaw. A- blood type. Circumcised.


Dentals: Available. 1st Molar, upper left, rotted off at gum. Lower right bicuspid grown crooked in toward toungue. It appeared the subject had never received any dental work.
Fingerprints: Available.
DNA: Not available.

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Blue fishnet undershirt, a white cotton western style shirt with snap buttons, and light blue cotton denim jeans. No belt was found on the jeans. The victim was found with no shoes or socks. The victim’s actual shoe size is 7.5E, but he more than likely wore 8D.
Jewelry: None.
Additional Personal Items: None.

Circumstances of Discovery

On May 9, 1976, the body of a young white male was found, badly burned and partly decomposed. There were signs of sexual assault. It is possible that the victim may have been a mechanic who specialized in Volkswagens and may possibly be from Canada.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Bullitt County Coroner
Agency Contact Person: 270-766-5078 or 502-543-7074
Agency Phone Number: Jeremy Mabe
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 04-76-0526

Agency Name: FBI ViCap
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 800-634-4097
Agency E-Mail: vicap(at)
Agency Case Number: John Doe 9

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 14560

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Unidentified Person / NamUs #UP14560
Male, White / Caucasian
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Date Body Found: May 9, 1976
Location Found: Shepherdsville, Bullitt County, Kentucky
Estimated Age: Late Teen/Young Adult; 18-22
Estimated PMI: 1 Day
Measured Height: 5' 7"
Estimated Weight: 150 lbs
Hair Color: Brown/Red/Auburn
Eye Color: Unknown
Facial Hair Description: Mustache
Head Hair Description: Full Head of Hair. From Autopsy Report: "Examination of hair reveals it to be brown in color with red appearance to ends, which appear to be changed secondary to heat."
Body Hair Description: "The hair within the axilla has a brownish to auburn appearance." "Pubic hair appears auburn in coloration."
Clothing on The Body: He was wearing a blue fishnet body shirt, white cotton western-style shirt with snap buttons, and light blue cotton denim jeans. His belt, socks, and shoes were missing.
Other distinctive physical characteristics: Actual Shoe Size 7 1/2 E
Blood Type: A neg. DU neg. No apparent scars or tattoos. The subject is circumcised.

Circumstances of Recovery
On May 9, 1976, the nude body of a young white male was found, badly burned and partly decomposed, in Bullitt County, KY. The hands were so badly burned that processing by our lab was impossible at that time. The hands were severed from the body and forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Identification Unit for special processing.

A fingerprint classification was made and is as follows:
17 L 1 U III 4.

In 1976, the F.B.I. ran this classification through its criminal records file, and its military and civilian file with negative results. Although a forensic odontological report was not made, it was noted that the victim had the following dental characteristics:
• Old fracture of the left mandible.
• 1st Molar, upper left, rotted off at the gum.
• Lower right bicuspid was grown crooked in toward tongue. An autopsy was performed on the body and no evidence of shooting or cutting was indicated. X-ray examination did show the subject had an old, healed fracture of the left “mandudiable” (perhaps mandible). It appeared the subject had never received any dental work.

The description is as follows: Fingerprint classification is listed above:
• Race: White
• Sex: Male
• Age: 18-22
• Height: 5’ 7”
• Weight: 140-150 lbs.
• Shoe Size: 7 ½ E (actual) – Probable Size Worn: 8 D
• Eyes: unknown
• Hair: Light Brown with a reddish tint
• Teeth: #14 1st molar upper left rotted at the gum, #28 1st lower right bicuspid crooked, grown in toward tongue
• Blood Type: A-negative
• No tattoos or surgical scars
• No jewelry or identification on the body
• Clothing: Appears to have been Western style from remains that were not burned and were adhering to the body.

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