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Case File: 1845UMWA

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Recon - Front Recon - Left Recon - Partial Left Recon - Partial Right Recon - Right T-shirt
Artistic rendering of the victim; Duplicate of the victim's T-shirt

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: March 18, 1989
  • Location of Discovery: Pierce County, Washington
  • Estimated Date of Death: At least the previous summer/fall of 1988 and possibly up to a year prior.
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
  • Cause of Death: Homicide - stabbed in the chest
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 17-24 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'9" to 6'1"
  • Weight: 150-160 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Narrow jaw. He had an extra vertebrae and an extra right rib which may have caused him back pain.
  • Dentals: Available. Buck teeth. An extremely narrow palate and maxillary dental arcade.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: 501 Levi jeans (size 29 x 34), T-shirt with a picture of a lion and the words "SINGHA", "lager beer", and "Boon Rawd Brewery Bangkok," blue and white Pro-Ked tennis shoes with a Velcro closure (size 9.5), Fruit of the Loom underwear (size medium 34-36), white socks with faded horizontal stripes, and a long-sleeved Visage - Dance Bizarre button down shirt with purple buttons (size 15 - small).
  • Jewelry: None.
  • Additional Personal Items: None.
  • Case History

    A hiker found the victim's skeletal remains in a rural wooded area of Carbon River Canyon near the end of Tubbs Road.

    The T-shirt from Bangkok was unique and was popular with soldiers in the late 1980s, indicating he may have been in the Army.

    He was buried as John Doe at the Sumner Cemetery. On March 11, 2014, his body was exhumed for DNA collection and to create a digital facial reconstruction.

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

  • Agency Name: Pierce County Sheriff's Department
  • Agency Contact Person: Detective Tim Kobel
  • Agency Phone Number: 253-798-7714
  • Agency Name: Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Melissa Baker
  • Agency Phone Number: 253-798-6559
  • E-Mail


  • Agency Case Number: LE: 89-077-0525; ME: 89-0201; NCMEC: TA 1184376
  • NCIC Case Number: U355998919
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #5697
  • Former Hot Case Number: UP 2187
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • NCMEC
  • Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office
  • KIROTV News Archive

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    Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 4/20/15 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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