MI VAN BUREN COUNTY JOHN DOE: AM, 25-40, found on private Lake Michigan beach in Covert, MI - 29 Oct 2010

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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On October 29, 2010, a man walking his dog along a private Lake Michigan beach in Covert Township, Michigan came across the body of an unidentified man who had washed ashore. At the time the water temperature was approximately 51°F with high waves and strong winds. Investigators believe, given the weather conditions and location of the body, the deceased could have come from Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Illinois, including the Chicago area.

Forensic investigators determined the body to be that of an Asian, Hispanic or Native American male 25 to 40 years old, approximately 5-foot-6-inches tall with black hair, and weighing 173 lbs. He had extensive dental work and was wearing blue/gray Nike brand swim trunks. Police consider drowning the probable cause of death, and estimate he had died months earlier that year.

DNA Doe Project Status: Research in progress




Van Buren County John Doe was a man whose body was found washed up on the beach from Lake Michigan. Based on wind and weather conditions, investigators believe he could have washed up from anywhere between Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, or even Minnesota.

Police consider drowning to be the probable cause of death.
  • Straight and sparse black hair
  • Stubble on upper lip and chin
  • Dark eyes.
  • Extensive dental work.

  • Short dark blue-grey swim trunks.
  • White/tan vertically striped sleeveless tank top style shirt.


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SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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On Oct. 29, 2010, the body of an unidentified man was found washed ashore on a Lake Michigan beach in Covert Township, Van Buren County, Mich.

The decedent is an Asian, Hispanic or Native American male with black hair, 25 to 40 years old, approximately 5-foot-6-inches tall and weighing 173 lbs. He was wearing Nike brand blue/gray swim trunks and a sleeveless tank-top shirt with tan and white vertical stripes. He also had extensive dental work.

Given the location where the body was located, it's possible the decedent could be from Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois or Minnesota.

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Demographics
Sex: Male
Race / Ethnicity: Asian
Estimated Age Group: Adult - Pre 50
Estimated Age Range (Years): 25-40
Estimated Year of Death: 2010
Estimated PMI: Months
Height: 5' 6"(66 inches) , Estimated
Weight: 173 lbs, Estimated

Circumstances
Type: Unidentified Deceased
Date Body Found: October 29, 2010
Location Found Map
Location: Covert Township, Michigan
County: Van Buren County
Circumstances of Recovery: Body was found washed up on the beach from Lake Michigan. Water temps were approximately 51 degrees.
Details of Recovery
Inventory of Remains: All parts recovered
Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction

Physical Description
Hair Color: Black
Head Hair Description: Straight/sparse hair
Facial Hair Description: stubble on upper lip and chin
Eye Description: Appeared to be dark in color


Clothing and Accessories
Clothing: Dark colored (blue-grey) swim trunks (short) White/tan vertically striped sleeveless tank top style shirt - On the Body

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Windstorm

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Van Buren County John Doe 2010 was added to Gedmatch by the DNA Doe Project. As of February 22, 2021, he had over 800 DNA matches. His highest match was 77.3 cM - this is not a substantial match. He is on the Google Drive spreadsheet at:
 

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