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Case File: 862UMWA

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Two images of the man were drawn years apart, in 1987 and 2000, by different artists. They represent independent guesses of what he looked like, based on his intact skull.

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: September 20, 1987
  • Location of Discovery: Bellingham County, Washington
  • Estimated Date of Death: January 8, 1987- September 15, 1987
  • State of Remains: Charred & Skeletal
  • Cause of Death: Hypothermia
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 27-37 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'8" to 5'9"
  • Weight: 130-155 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Unknown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: The victim had small feet, probably wearing a size 8 shoe.
  • Dentals: Available. Dental work included silver and gold fillings and possibly a root canal. It was not indigent dental work but was good quality care for the time frame.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Not available. The chimney heat destroyed DNA.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Charred remnants of denim pants and a denim jacket, a lightweight shirt, and rubber-soled shoes. The coat was found under the body, apparently to shield him from the heat. The shirt was draped or wrapped around one ankle, possibly to bind an injury.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Police also found a burnt remnant of a Continental Airlines ticket or baggage claim, but could not make out the numbers to trace the ticket.
  • Case History

    A Georgia-Pacific West Inc. worker found the victim's crumpled skeletal remains atop parallel pipes near the bottom inside chimney No. 9. The pipes, which carried water heated by boiler exhaust, were 240 degrees. The air was 95 degrees, unless the boiler was running, when temperatures reached 370.

    Officials estimated the victim had been in the chimney a few days to a few weeks. Records showed the boiler operated for 34 hours during September 17 and September 18, two days before the body was found, plus more hours the previous month.

    The chimney was difficult to reach. The person had to climb a number of stairs inside the plant, and then make his way to the roof of the building. Although a metal door was present at the base of the stack, it took police two hours to pry it open, making it an unfeasible way for the victim to have gotten in.

    A medical examination yielded the presence of broken bones, indicating the body probably fell into the stack. The unusual location of the body fueled speculation that the discovery was that of a murder or suicide victim. Nothing was located to indicate the victim was a worker, and no workers were reported missing nor any abandoned vehicles located.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Bellingham Police Department
  • Agency Contact Person: Detective Allan L. Jensen
  • Agency Phone Number: 360-778-8609 or 360-778-8700 (24 hrs)
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Case Number: 87B-24528
  • NCIC Case Number: U270367134
  • NamUs Case Number: Not listed
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • L&C Missings Ribbons Organization
  • Bellingham Police Department
  • The Bellingham Herald News Archive
  • KIRO TV 7 News Archive
  • KLIP Sun News Archive

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    Last Updated: 5/28/14 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator


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