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Case File: 454UMOH

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1999 DL Photo 1992 Photo 1992 Photo Age regression Age regression late 1970s SSN Appl Electrical Device Electrical Device 2 Soldering Paste Snoopy sticker
Photo from 1999 Ohio driver's license; Photos from 1992; Regression sketch of what the decedent may have looked like in 1978 and the late 1970s; Social Security card application signed by decedent; Electrical devices made by the decedent; Soldering paste decedent used; Snoopy sticker (1965) in decedent's possession

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: July 30, 2002
  • Location of Discovery: Eastlake, Ohio
  • Estimated Date of Death: About a week prior
  • State of Remains: Recognizable face
  • Cause of Death: Suicide by gunshot
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 65-70 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown, graying. He may have worn a wig. He had frontal male pattern baldness.
  • Eye Color: Gray
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Scar on his abdomen, possibly from a hernia. He reportedly listened to white noise. Suffered from colon cancer.
  • Dentals: Available.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Tests submitted, not complete.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Unknown
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: He wore prescription eyeglasses with Walt Brown frames. Prescription: Sph Cyl axis R. +250 -50 x 18 Add 2.75 L +300 -100 x30. Japan case with Asanuma close-up 55m lenses. Ruby Chemical soldering paste - Columbus, Ohio. Homemade electronic devices (see photos).
  • Case History

    Police responded to a call regarding a suicide involving a man named Joseph Newton Chandler III. He had committed suicide in his apartment by shooting himself in the head using a .38-caliber Charter Arms handgun.

    The probate courts worked through his estate, which included an $82,000 legacy. Upon contacting his next of kin, a mystery surfaced. The real Joseph Newton Chandler III was killed in a car accident with his parents on December 21, 1945, when he was 8 years old. They were traveling on US Highway 82 from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Weatherford, Texas, to spend Christmas with family.

    The decedent assumed his identity September 1978 in Rapid City, South Dakota, when he wrote off for a copy of Joe Chandler III's birth certificate, and applied for his first Social Security Card. He then moved to East Lake, Ohio.

    Police believe the decedent and Joe Chandler III would have been about the same age. He used the same birthdate of March 11, 1937, birthplace of Buffalo, and same name of parents as the real Joseph Chandler III. His dental records were made during the 23-year period he went by the alias.

    The investigation went on to reveal that at some point he was in California, worked around or was in the US Navy, and had some electrical engineering experience. He moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area in 1979, and moved to his last apartment in 1986. He lived a hermit's life, going only to work and out to eat. He worked as an electrical designer and draftsman. His co-workers were listed as his emergency contacts and executor of his estate.

    The decedent listed a sister named Mary R. Wilson who lived in Columbus, Ohio, on his rental application. When investigators went to find her, they found a vacant address.

    The handgun he used to kill himself had been purchased at a Western Auto store in Seagoville between 1968 and 1978. The store has been closed for some time and its records destroyed. The gun has never been reported as stolen or missing. Other sources indicated he purchased the handgun three months before his suicide from a Lake County store.

    Investigators attempted to obtain fingerprints from his belongings but all were smudged. The U.S. Marshalls are examining several possibilities, including a handful of fugitives, as well as the Zodiac Killer, and inmates who escaped from Alcatraz.

    It is believed that the decedent was on the run from law enforcement since at least 1978 and was a violent fugitive.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Thomas Gilson
  • Agency Phone Number: 216-721-5610
  • Agency Name: U.S. Marshals
  • Agency Contact Person: Cleveland Marshal Service
  • Agency Phone Number: 216-522-4483
  • Agency Name: Eastlake Police Department
  • Agency Contact Person: Lt. Tom Doyle
  • Agency Phone Number: 440-951-1548

  • Agency Case Number: US Marshalls Case Number: USMS9588705
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #13634
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • Weatherford Democrat News Archive

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    Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 4/18/15 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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