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Case File: 1741UMIL

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: December 2, 1984
  • Location of Discovery: New Lenox, Will County, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: 12 hours prior
  • State of Remains: Recognizable face
  • Cause of Death: Unknown
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 70-80 years old
  • Race: Black
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'9" to 5'10"
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Gray, neatly trimmed (about 2" long). White beard.
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Neatly trimmed fingernails.
  • Dentals: Teeth #2 and #3 prominently fanged and elongated. All other teeth were missing.
  • Fingerprints: Available at the Will County Sheriff Evidence section.
  • DNA: mtDNA available at UNT local database only (Ref #09-0961).
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Knee-length gray top coat, green/white/gold cardigan sweater, yellow long sleeve shirt, Black Jack blue jeans, underwear (size 42), and slip-on canvas shoes.
  • Jewelry: None noted.
  • Additional Personal Items: None noted.
  • Case History

    The decedent was found in a wooded area near Gougar Road and Route 6, in New Lenox, Illinois, on December 2, 1984. He most likely died elsewhere and appears to have been carried to the scene. His lack of muscle mass and body fat indicate severe illness or starvation. Toxicological testing indicates the presence of phenothiazine metabolite (tranquilizer).

    He is known as "The Man From the Woods" by authorities. He was buried in Mount Vernon Cemetery in Lemont.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Will County Coroner's Office (IL)
  • Agency Contact Person: Gene Sullivan
  • Agency Phone Number: 815-727-8455
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Case Number: UN 84-01
  • NCIC Case Number: U830021923
  • NamUs Case Number: MP/UP #5208
  • Former Hot Case Number: 1776
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • Suburban Chicago News Archive

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