TX WHITE SOCKS: W/HM, 17-27, found near Twin Buttes Lake near San Angelo, TX - 15 Nov 1987

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On November 15, 1987, in a remote area near the north shore of Twin Buttes Lake southwest of San Angelo, Texas, two boys, who had gone there fishing, discovered the skeletal remains of an unidentified male. Lying in a field at the end of a caliche road off of FM 2166, the deceased was wearing jeans, undershorts, and white socks (no shoes) when he died. An autopsy revealed the young man was between 17-27 years old, probably White and Caucasian or Hispanic, stood 5’8, and weighed about 160 pounds. The cause and manner of death could not be determined, and while there were no signs of foul play, investigators think eventually the case will be determined a homicide based on the fact he was found without shoes in the middle of mesquite bushes with clean white socks. That’s why the case is known by some investigators as “White Socks”.

DNA Doe Project Status: Research in progress

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Demographics
Sex: Male
Race / Ethnicity: White / Caucasian, Hispanic / Latino
Estimated Age Group: Adult - Pre 40
Estimated Age Range (Years): 17-27
Estimated Year of Death: 1987
Estimated PMI: 5 Months
Height: 5' 8"(68 inches) , Estimated
Weight: 160 lbs, Estimated


Circumstances
Type: Unidentified Deceased
Date Body Found: November 15, 1987
Location Found Map
Location: Texas
County: Tom Green County
Circumstances of Recovery: Estimated date of death is 5-6 months; found in Twin Buttes Lake area. Clothing consists of size 34 x 30 "Levi's" blue jeans, size 34 "Jockey" shorts, white socks.

Details of Recovery
Inventory of Remains: All parts recovered
Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial skeletal parts only

Physical Description
Hair Color: Brown
Head Hair Description: Brown

Distinctive Physical Features
Other distinctive physical characteristic: May have unknowingly suffered from Spina Bifida.


Clothing and Accessories
Clothing consists of size 34 x 30 "Levi's" blue jeans, size 34 "Jockey" shorts, white socks. - On the Body



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SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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  • His race is mostly Caucasian and mainly of Spanish ancestry with his closest match on GEDmatch being from Colombia.
  • He may have had Spina Bifida.
  • He was missing two molars.
    • No significant dental work were noted.
  • After a reexamination in 2013, a .22 hole was noted on his skull. The defect is determined to be of natural causes.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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DNA matches add new information toward the identity of San Angelo John Doe, 'White Socks'

An unknown body found near Twin Buttes Reservoir in 1987 is closer to possibly being identified, according to a Tom Green County Sheriff's Office news release.


Since the discovery, the sheriff's office has pursued facial reconstruction and DNA technology in the hopes of finding out "White Sock's" real name. A familial DNA search yielded more about his origins.

The ethnicity breakdown showed his ancestry was mostly Spanish, likely from colonies in Central and South America, according to the release. His DNA also closely matched a Colombian sample, meaning he was likely from that region.

The sheriff's office is planning to continue checking matches on GEDmatch.com and FamilyTreeDNA.com, websites that compile data from users, according to the release.

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Windstorm

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White Socks John Doe 1987 (Tom Green John Doe) was added to Gedmatch by the DNA Doe Project. As of February 22, 2021, he had over 8,000 DNA matches. His highest match was 62.3 cM - this is not a substantial match. He is on the Google Drive spreadsheet at:
 

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