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Case File: 2388UMIN

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: May 19, 1979
  • Location of Discovery: Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana
  • Estimated Date of Death: One day prior
  • State of Remains: Unknown
  • Cause of Death: Suicide
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 25-30 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 275-290 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark brown, wavy.
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Unknown
  • Fingerprints: Available.
  • DNA: Unknown
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Unknown
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: A small gray vinyl suitcase that contained a change of clothing and toiletries. Labels had been removed from every item of clothing. Three recent editions of a magazine were found in the room, but their mailing labels had been removed.
  • Case History

    The man's body was found in his room at the Town & Country Motel at 3643 E. Main St. The man had slashed his right wrist and then calmly sat and watched television as he bled to death.

    Police searching the room found nothing to help them identify the man. Investigators backtracked his movements and found that he had refused to register for the room, paying cash for one day's stay. Police later learned the man had been picked up by a taxi at 16th and East Main Streets May 15th and was taken to the Holiday Motel at 3004 E. Main Street, where he checked in and remained until May 18th when he left for the Town & Country Motel. Investigation revealed that the man signed the Holiday Motel register as Vincent Cuomo of 6858 E. 78th St., New York, N.Y. Police in Brooklyn, N.Y. were asked to assist, but sent word that there is no such address in that city. Several Cuomo families lived in the area at that time, but none apparently knew of a missing family member named Vincent.

    Fingerprints were taken from the body and sent to the Indiana State Police and the FBI, but did not lead to the man's identity. An attempt to trace telephone calls apparently made by the man from a pay booth across from the Holiday Motel was fruitless.

    He is buried in King Cemetery. A temporary marker bearing the inscription "John Doe, name unknown" was placed on his grave, but vanished over the years.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Indiana State Police
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 765-778-2121
  • Agency Name: Wayne County Coroner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Coroner Ron Stevens
  • Agency Phone Number: 317-694-9563

  • Agency Case Number: Unknown
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: Not listed
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

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    Added: 10/10/14; Last Updated: 10/10/14 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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