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Case File: 2403UMCA

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: February 3, 1936
  • Location of Discovery: Parker Dam, San Bernadino County, California
  • Estimated Date of Death: Same day
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Charred/burned
  • Cause of Death: Accidental/fire
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 55-65 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'11" to 6'1"
  • Weight: 175-185 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Unknown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Wore glasses, which he wore on the tip of his nose. He had a broad face, and talked and walked slowly.
  • Dentals: Not available. Wore false teeth or dentures.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Not available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Blue suit and black hat.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    The victim was one of seven men who perished in a dormitory fire early on the morning of February 3, 1936, at Parker Dam. He had arrived in Parker on Saturday, February 1st, reportedly by bus from Riverside, California via Blythe. He was attempting to get bus passage to Las Vegas.

    He carried a suitcase with various items for sale (pills, bottle openers, razor blades) and may have been a peddler or traveling salesman. He may have given his name as "W.C. Laugtz" (same document notes "A.A. Seattery") and stated he last lived in Denver, Colorado.

    He claimed that he wrote articles about his travels, which were published in the Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City but this was denied by the city editor. He also claimed to have been a Railroad Station Agent (Boston-Main Railroad, 1929?) at one time in North Hampton, Massachusetts. He stated that he was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. No photographs, fingerprints, or dental records were obtained.

    The investigating agency is considering exhuming the body to attempt to gather a DNA sample.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Coroner's Division
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 909-387-2978

  • Agency Case Number: ME: 36-1637; LE: #01-1936
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #8366
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
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    Added: 10/25/14; Last Updated: 10/25/14 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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