The Doe Network:
Case File 467UMAZ

Reconstruction of Victim by Sherry O'Deen

Unidentified Hispanic Male

Vital Statistics

  • Estimated age: 26 - 44 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'6"; 112 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Black hair; brown eyes.
  • Dentals: Available. His right front tooth had a significant cavity. One molar is missing antemortem. Missing front tooth lost post-mortem (after death).
  • Other: Possible first name "Lauro".
  • Clothing: Green short sleeved t-shirt with a "Pacific" logo. Black Wrangler jeans, size 31x30 and a brown belt with a white buckle of a horse head. Black sneakers, "Starter" brand, size 6.5. Tan socks. Adult comic strip clippings in pocket.
  • Dentals: Available.
  • DNA: Available; University of North Texas
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Case History
Investigators believe the victim was a guide who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border near Lukeville on May 19, 2001, with a group of 25 Mexican men.
After walking more than 30 miles over four days, John Doe succumbed to the triple-digit heat. He succumbed to desert elements around May 23, 2001.

Others with him who survived said they never knew his last name and were no help in dentifying him. One guide who set out with the group, a man named "Santos," turned back toward Mexico after two days, leading two crossers safely back. Authorities are looking for Santos as a possible means to identify Lauro.
What appears to be a gap in the front teeth shown in the reconstruction is actually a missing left front tooth. It was lost postmortem.
The medical examiners office charted dentals, sent fingerprints to the FBI and Border Patrol and took x-rays and bone samples for DNA. Those samples have all been saved hoping for future identification.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Pima County Forensic Center
Dr. Bruce Anderson

You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

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Source Information:
Tucson Citizen

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