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Facial reconstruction of the victim (NCMEC); Victim's shoes.
Date of Discovery: July 11, 1963
Location of Discovery: Ashland, Jackson County, Oregon
Estimated Date of Death: After October 1962
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
Cause of Death: Unknown
** Listed information is approximate
Estimated Age: 1-2 years old
Height: 2'8" to 3'2"
Weight: 19-30 lbs.
Hair Color: Sandy blond to light brown, long.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: He may have suffered from a developmental disability or genetic abnormality. Characteristics of Down Syndrome.
Dentals: Available. Eight upper and eight lower teeth. One of his lower front teeth is bifurcated, having two roots and a surface split by an odd groove.
Fingerprints: Not available. Unknown. Available. Footprints available.
DNA: Available at UNT.
Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Red, long-sleeved pullover shirt with thin white stripes, gray corduroy trousers with an elastic waist and a buckle for size adjustments, a cloth diaper fastened with blue diaper pins and covered with plastic pants, anklet socks, and white walker or learner shoes known as Jumping Jacks that had possibly been bought at Noble's Shoes in downtown Medford. The clothing likely was from J.C. Penney.
Additional Personal Items: The body was wrapped in an aqua blanket and a handmade patchwork quilt that included lots of red, including red gingham squares. Two iron assayer's molds were wrapped in the quilt, apparently to weigh the body down. Thin brass wire and several loops of copper wire with a lead sheath and rubber insulation secured the bundle. Reports indicated that both the molds, designed for refining and casting metal, and the telephone wire were once common, but already old and seldom used by the time the boy was found.
A man fishing in the Kenne Creek Reservoir along Highway 66 in the mountains east of Ashland hooked what he thought was a blanket roll. But the bundle, a blanket and quilt wrapped with wire, contained a boy's body.
An autopsy performed the next day estimated that his death likely happened after October 1962. Winter's freezing temperatures could have helped preserve the body, but the medical examiner couldn't be sure. The condition of the body prevented him from determining a cause of death.
he child's footprints were taken with the help of the FBI, and deputies spent days with magnifying glasses comparing them with imprints taken of newborns at local hospitals around the time they estimated he had been born.
The child was buried in Medford. His grave marker reads "John Doe name only known to God."
Some agencies list July 23 as the date of discovery.
If you have any information about this case please contact;
Agency Name: Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan
Agency Phone Number: 541-774-8333
Agency Name: Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 971-673-8220
Agency Case Number: LE: 63-23011; ME: 08-14146; NCMEC # 1104614
NCIC Case Number: N/A
NamUs Case Number: UP #5562
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
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KVAL News Archive - August 18, 2008