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Case File: 1384UMIN

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Artistic renderings and tattoo of the victim

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: October 18, 1983
  • Location of Discovery: Lake Village, Newton County, Indiana
  • Estimated Date of Death: 1981-1983
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
  • Cause of Death: Homicide by stabbing
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 17-23 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'2" to 5'11"
  • Weight: 160 lbs. with an average build.
  • Hair Color: Reddish brown or auburn, wavy and of medium length.
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Homemade tattoo of a cross with two dots or dashes above the horizontal found on the right forearm, palm side closer to the wrist. A second homemade tattoo is of a rectangle or U-shaped design with dot located on the outer right arm. He had severely fractured his nose earlier in life and also fractured his left ankle.
  • Dentals: Available. Several dental fillings. Staining on his teeth suggesting possible tobacco use.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: mtDNA and nucDNA available. mtDNA uploaded to NDIS.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Brown slacks with small buttons on the front (size 30x30), jockey undershorts, brown leather fleeced-lined ankle high hiking boots with brown shoelaces through metal eyelets (size 10 1/2).
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    Mushroom hunters found the victim in a shallow grave on an abandoned farm near Sumava Resorts, off US-41, a half mile north of SR-10. The victim was found along with three other victims. The victim had been drugged, bound and stabbed to death. Two of the additional three victims were identified via dental records. The third victim, 999umin, remains unidentified. They were all victims of serial killer, Larry Eyler.

    Larry Eyler, a Crawfordsville native, confessed to murdering nearly two dozen young men in the Midwest in the early 1980s. He was dubbed the "Highway Killer" because of where most of his victims' bodies were found - left in locations between Eyler's two residences in Terre Haute and Chicago. His path often followed U.S. 41 in Indiana and Interstate 57 in Illinois.

    Five victims have been found in Newton and Jasper counties, and all linked to Eyler. Eyler would take victims from southern Indiana and bury them in northern Indiana - and vice versa - to avoid detection. Eyler, who was convicted of murder and other charges in Illinois and Indiana, died while in custody in Illinois of AIDS-related complications in 1994.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

  • Agency Name: Newton County Coroners Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Scott McCord
  • Agency Phone Number: 219-285-2515 or 219-964-9872
  • Agency Name: Indiana State Police
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 219-696-6242

  • Agency Case Number: ME: 56-09-Brad83; NCMEC: 1202842
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #6105
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • NCMEC
  • Newton County John Does - Wikipedia
  • JC Online News Archive

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