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WA EVERETT JOHN DOE: WM, 20-40, found in Snohomish River in Everett, WA - 20 June 1980

Discussion in 'Unidentified 1980 to 1989' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Apr 14, 2019 at 9:12 PM.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Who Am I? In 1980, his body washed down the Snohomish River


    Boaters saw the body in the river on the first day of summer.

    The current of the Snohomish pulled him downstream from Dagmars Marina on June 20, 1980. He’d likely been in the water for months, putting his possible time of death in spring.

    He’d dressed in short sleeves, a tan cotton shirt with buttons and a white undershirt made by Healthknit, a fairly common brand in vintage stores today. Under a tangled pair of tan Big Mac coveralls, he wore blue swimming trunks with white stripes on the sides.

    An autopsy revealed one of his final meals had a side of sliced potatoes, most likely French fries. They had hardly been digested.

    Four decades later, his name is a mystery. How he ended up in the river is unknown. And we don’t know how far he was swept downstream. He could have been fishing, canoeing, tubing — or fallen in by some other random accident.

    There was no obvious trauma, and no obvious cause of death.

    On his death certificate, it was noted as an apparent drowning.

    He’s one of over a dozen unidentified people whose remains have been found in the county since the 1970s. Last fall, he became the last of those to have his grave exhumed, when his weathered bones were lifted with his coffin from a cemetery in Everett.

    Advances in genetic technology could help to identify him, if ever-shifting groundwater hasn’t done too much damage to his DNA.

    Snohomish County cold case investigators are trying other means, too, to restore his identity and hopefully bring answers to his family.


    Handwritten notes in the case file describe the man’s features.

    “Good teeth.”

    He’d seen a dentist, Scharf said.

    “160 pounds.”

    That was his measured weight. He had a slender build and small hips, said Dr. Kathy Taylor, a state forensic anthropologist, when she made an initial examination of the remains in late 2018.

    A listing on NamUs suggests he could’ve been as short as 5-foot-5, or as tall as 6-foot. His undershirt is the standard size for a men’s large tee. His coveralls came from JC Penney.

    “20 to 30 years of age.”

    That’s still a good educated guess, Taylor said. He could also be in his 30s.

    Based on the skull’s shape, Taylor believed he was probably Caucasian. Maybe Hispanic. Almost definitely not Asian.

    Old notes say he had brown hairs on his body.

    Photos and film, however, were no longer in files recovered from state archives.

    After the discovery in 1980, a woman contacted the sheriff’s office asking if it could be her missing brother. It was not him.

    Often when bodies were found then, deputies checked to see if it could be missing Marysville man Titanic Hagen, who was last seen at age 26 in August 1979. Hagen appears to have been ruled out early on. He’s still listed as missing today.

    Other missing people from that era may no longer be in police databases, since many records have been lost over the years. Cold case investigators encourage anyone with a missing loved one to check with the police department that took the report, to ensure they’re still listed as missing.

    More: https://www.heraldnet.com/news/who-...h6yGDGeXrF153j3KyAgexRp9_JKK1T2x5sQ-urvL_3iLQ

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    NAMUS - https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/14843

    Sex: Male
    Race / Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
    Estimated Age Group: Adult - Pre 40
    Estimated Age Range (Years): 20-40
    Estimated Year of Death: 1980
    Estimated PMI: 3 Months
    Height: 5' 5"-6' 0"(65-72 inches) , Estimated
    Weight: 160 lbs, Measured


    Type: Unidentified Deceased
    Date Found: June 20, 1980
    Street Address: Jetty at the mouth of the Snohomish River, Dagmar's Landing, Everett, Washington 98201
    County: Snohomish County
    Circumstances of Recovery: On June 20, 1980, the decedent was found floating in the Snohomish River near Dagmar's Landing (Everett Jetty at the mouth of the Snohomish River) by boaters.

    Inventory of Remains: All parts recovered
    Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction

    Physical Description

    Hair Color: Unknown or Completely Bald
    Head Hair Description: Unknown. Due to length of time only a few hair strands are present.
    Body Hair Description: Brown pubic hair present.
    Facial Hair Description: Unknown
    Left Eye Color: Unknown or Missing
    Right Eye Color: Unknown or Missing

    Clothing and Accessories
    Tan short sleeved cotton shirt buttoned in the front. Possibly white cotton knit t-shirt (Health Knit 42-44). Blue swimming trunks with white stripes on the side - On the Body
    Tan cotton coveralls "Big Mac" - Near the Body

    0 Missing Person Exclusions

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