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Police Releasing Facial Reconstruction

On August 27, 1993, a photographer walking in the 12700 block of the Soo Line railroad tracks on the western side of Pleasant Prairie, located the body of a deceased male. The decedent was in an advanced state of decomposition. Pleasant Prairie Police and the Kenosha County Medical Examinerís Office (KCMEO) responded to the scene to investigate the finding.

Initially, an autopsy, forensic anthropology exam, forensic dental exam, and reconstruction of the decedentís tattoo were performed. None of the work completed provided the identity of the decedent or any additional leads in the case. In January 2009, case information was entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database. Despite this effort, the identity of the decedent was still undetermined. During a December 2014 meeting, the KCMEO and Pleasant Prairie Police decided to submit John Doeís skull to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification (UNTCHI) on behalf of NamUs for a secondary forensic anthropology examination, forensic odontology examination, and DNA extraction.

In June of 2016, UNTCHI notified the KCMEO that the tests conducted by the forensic anthropologist showed that the 1993 John Doe was a male between approximately 40 and 60 years old and possibly of Hispanic, Native American, or Caucasian ancestry, or possibly a combination of these ancestries. The results of the DNA analysis were then uploaded into CODIS, the FBIís national database. In September 2016, the additionally KCMEO requested that the Michigan State Police Biometrics and Identification Division perform a facial reconstruction of John Doe in hopes that it would assist in identifying the decedent. Photos related to the 1993 John Doe investigation are available by clicking "View PDF" below.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this John Doe and this case is asked to please contact the Pleasant Prairie Police Department at 262.694.7353 or Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333. Archived copies of this and other Pleasant Prairie Police Department news releases are available by clicking here.


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