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Case File: 999UMIN

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: October 18, 1983
  • Location of Discovery: Lake Village, Newton County, Indiana
  • Estimated Date of Death: 1982-1983
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
  • Cause of Death: Unknown
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 15-18 years old
  • Race: Black
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'8" to 6'2"
  • Weight: 140-160 lbs. with a light to averge build.
  • Hair Color: Black, close-cropped.
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Available. Several dental fillings.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: mtDNA and nucDNA available. mtDNA uploaded to NDIS.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Levi jeans, red and white belt with the word "DEVIL" on it, gold belt buckle with the word "JEANS" on it, and Hush Puppy style boots with a side buckle (size 10).
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    Mushroom hunters found the victim in a shallow grave on an abandoned farm near Sumava Resorts, off US-41, a half mile north of SR-10. The victim was found along with three other victims. The victim had been drugged, bound and stabbed to death. Two of the additional three victims were identified via dental records. The third victim 1384umin, remains unidentified. They were all victims of serial killer, Larry Eyler.

    The victim had possibly been picked up while hitchking in July of 1983 near the intersection of US 41 and US 63 near Terre Haute in Virgo County.

    Larry Eyler, a Crawfordsville native, confessed to murdering nearly two dozen young men in the Midwest in the early 1980s. He was dubbed the "Highway Killer" because of where most of his victims' bodies were found - left in locations between Eyler's two residences in Terre Haute and Chicago. His path often followed U.S. 41 in Indiana and Interstate 57 in Illinois.

    Five victims have been found in Newton and Jasper counties, and all linked to Eyler. Eyler would take victims from southern Indiana and bury them in northern Indiana - and vice versa - to avoid detection. Eyler, who was convicted of murder and other charges in Illinois and Indiana, died while in custody in Illinois of AIDS-related complications in 1994.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Newton County Coroners Office
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 219-285-2515 or 219-964-9872
  • Agency Name: Indiana State Police
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 219-696-6242

  • Agency Case Number: ME: 56-09-Adam83; NCMEC: 1184271
  • NCIC Case Number: U310022972
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #6011
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • NCMEC
  • Newton County John Does - Wikipedia

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    Last Updated: 10/23/14 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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