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TN KINGSPORT JOHN DOE: WM, 40-80, found in Holston River in Kingsport, TN - 11 Aug 2003

Discussion in 'Unidentified 2000 to 2009' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member


    On the morning of August 11, 2003, a woman bicycling through Riverfront Park in Kingsport, Tennessee called 911 to report a suspicious object in the Holston River. The object, which turned out to be a body in an advanced state of decomposition, was found about 20 yards offshore along the 1800 block of Netherland Inn Road. Local forensic teams determined the white male had been in the river for 7 to 10 days, and that drowning was the apparent cause of death. The man, between 40 and 80 years old, had partially graying hair, was 6’, and weighed 180 lbs. A BB&T bank envelope in the deceased pocket containing $267 was the best clue the investigators had, but that was not enough to identify him.

    Status: Undergoing testing.


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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member


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    The decedent was located in the Holston River, near Riverfront Park in Kingsport, Tennessee in August 2003.

    Rescuers retrieved the body, which was about halfway between the river banks. There was no sign of foul play and no obvious sign of the cause of death. Investigators said the body could have been washed to its resting point from anywhere upstream.

    The man does not match any missing person reports in the region, and his fingerprints are not on file in a national database. Also, no dental matching was possible because the man didn't have many teeth.
  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sex: Male
    Race / Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
    Estimated Age Group: Adult
    Estimated Age Range (Years): 40-80
    Estimated Year of Death: 2003
    Height: 6' 0"(72 inches) , Measured
    Weight: 180 lbs, Estimated


    Type: Unidentified Deceased
    Date Body Found: August 11, 2003
    Location Found
    Street Address: 1836 Netherland Street Kingsport, Tennessee 37660
    County: Sullivan County
    Circumstances of Recovery: Found Holston River near Riverfront Park in Kingsport, TN
    Details of Recovery
    Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction

    Physical Description

    Hair Color: Gray or Partially Gray

    Clothing and Accessories
    Footwear: BLK SH0ES - On the Body


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