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Artistic rendering of the victim; Duplicate of the victim's T-shirt
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
** Listed information is approximate
Estimated Age: 17-24 years old
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.
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).
Additional Personal Items: None.
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.
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
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.
Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office
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