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Case File: 2234UMTX

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: July 8, 1957
  • Location of Discovery: Houston, Harris County, Texas
  • Estimated Date of Death: 3 days prior
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
  • Cause of Death: Unknown
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 25-40 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'5" to 5'7"
  • Weight: 135-150 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark brown to black.
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: No obvious jaw or skull fractures. No marks noted.
  • Dentals: Available. Dentures with notation "EJC 810-56."
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Not available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Green/brown striped long sleeved sport shirt with one pocket on the left upper chest, khaki pants, white cotton socks, brown shoes fastened with a strap and a buckle (size 9A), and a brown woven belt with a cowboy-style buckle.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Two combs were found in a pocket.
  • Case History

    The victim was found face down, floating in Buffalo Bayou where the south bank of bayou runs through downtown Houston, near the 1200 block of Commerce Street. The young man's body was deemed too decomposed for an autopsy in 1957.

    He received a pauper's burial in unmarked Grave 5 in a county-owned cemetery. He was initially identified as Nolan Pruitt.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
  • Agency Contact Person: MEO ID Unit
  • Agency Phone Number: 713-796-6774
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Case Number: ML57-0694
  • NCIC Case Number: U480005318
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #2970
  • Former Hot Case Number: 1502
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • Houston Chronicle News Archive

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