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WA MILL CREEK JOHN DOE: BM, 50-65, found in a shed in Mill Creek, WA - 11 Jan 2015 *Identified*

Discussion in 'Identified!' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member


    Unidentified decomposed male found in a shed in an overgrown area of Mill Creek, Washington. The decedent appears to be African American, 50 - 65 years of age. A specific male (Jerry Deggs or Jerry Diggs) was known to have lived at this address for many years prior, however the subject area is known for transients.

    Sex: Male
    Race / Ethnicity: Black / African American
    Estimated Age Group: Adult
    Estimated Age Range (Years): 50-65
    Estimated Year of Death: 2013-2014
    Estimated PMI: 12 Months
    Height: 5' 11"(71 inches) , Estimated

    Type: Unidentified Deceased
    Date Body Found: January 11, 2015
    Location Found
    Street Address: 17512 Bothell Everett Highway Mill Creek, Washington 98012
    County: Snohomish County
    Details of Recovery
    Inventory of Remains: All parts recovered
    Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton

    Distinctive Physical Features
    Missing right little finger
    Clothing and Accessories
    Red lighter - Near the Body
    Clothing: Tan pants "Banana Republic" Stretch brand, size 8L. Pair of heavy "wool" dark-colored socks. - On the Body
    Clothing: Tan Plaid flannel long sleeve button-down shirt "Eddie Bauer" brand, size M. Black short sleeve t-shirt with a high turtleneck style collar, "Forrester's" Size XL" made with X-Static silver fiber" and an emblem of "Rodda Paints" on the left sleeve. - Near the Body

  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Mill Creek Shed Man

    Mill Creek Shed Man
    was a man whose remains were discovered in 2015. The DNA Doe Project is currently working on his case.

    The man was found deceased in a shed, where he was presumably living. His cause of death could not be determined, but foul play is not suspected.

    It is possible that the owner of the shed had given him permission to live there. A man named Jerry Diggs (or Deggs), with a possible birthdate of 12/31/1949, had once lived on the property, but it is not known for certain if he is connected to the Mill Creek Shed Man.

  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Mill Creek Shed Man
    Active Cases

    On January 11, 2015, the decomposed remains of a man were found in a shed in Mill Creek, Washington. It appeared as though the man, who is called Mill Creek Shed Man, had been living in the shed. He is thought to have died about a year before he was found, but it could have been longer.

    The man appeared to be between 50 and 65 years old, about 5’11” (some reports state 5’9,” some state 6’1”), and African American. The pinky finger on his right hand was missing. Other findings were a “prominent sternal fissure, healed nasal fracture, lumbar scoliosis, and arthritis.”

    No cause of death could be ascertained, and there were no signs of foul play. The following information is not confirmed, although it can be found online. There is “local lore” that states that our John Doe had permission to live in the shed from a man who once owned the property on which it was located. A man named Jerry Diggs/Deggs lived on the property where our John Doe was found, but there is no proof he and Mill Creek Shed Man are the same person. Jerry apparently gave his birth date as 12/31/1949. He claimed to be from the East Coast and to have worked as a security guard for a bank. He stated that he was struck in the head during a bank robbery and received a head injury.

    DDP Status
    The costs of extraction and sequencing were covered by a combination of Snohomish County financing and DDP Fund raising efforts. DNA has been successfully sequenced after a second attempt and DNA Doe Project has uploaded the results to GEDmatch. Genealogical analysis is in progress.

  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    We are gratified to announce that after 19 months of hard work we have identified Mill Creek Shed Man. This was a natural death, so the release of his name will depend on the wishes of his family as well as on official confirmation by the coroner.

    We are grateful for the incredible job done by our volunteer genealogists who kept this man in their hearts every day. Also to those matches we reached out to who were gracious in sharing their trees with us. To our donors for helping to fund the second round of sequencing, which made a big difference in obtaining usable data. And to Dr. Greg Magoon who worked bioinformatics magic pulling out enough usable human markers from otherwise very challenging DNA.

    And to his family, our deepest condolences. May this bring you some measure of peace.

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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Thank God for the DNA Doe Project!
  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Mill Creek Shed Man is, to the best of our knowledge, the first African American Doe identified via forensic genealogy. While not a TDTF case, this identification gives a lot of hope to our POC cases. We want to applaud the Mill Creek Shed Man genealogy team at the DNA Doe Project for their dedication. Our condolences to his family.

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