The Doe Network: International Center for Unidentified & Missing Persons
Case File: 1144UMOR

 The Doe Network

Frontal Recon Half left profile Recon Left profile Recon Shoes
Facial reconstruction of the victim (NCMEC); Victim's shoes.

Unidentified Male

  • 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
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 1-2 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • 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.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • 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.
  • Case History

    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.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    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.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • NCMEC
  • The Mail Tribune News Archive
  • KVAL News Archive - August 18, 2008

  • Return to the Unidentified Victims' Index

    Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

    Added: 8/17/08; Last Updated: 5/10/15 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

    To submit an update to this case file, click here.


    All photos and information contained within this Web site are the properties of the listed information sources within the case files.