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IN MORGAN COUNTY JOHN DOE: WM, 30-39, found in cornfield - Sept 1988 - "Stranded Hungry God Bless" sign

Discussion in 'Unidentified 1980 to 1989' started by Kimster, May 19, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Unidentified White Male

    • The victim was discovered on September 13, 1998 in northeast Morgan County, Indiana.
    • Estimated Date of Death: 3 - 5 weeks prior to discovery
    • Badly decomposed
    • Death cause: Blow to the head

    Vital Statistics

    • Estimated age: Possibly in his 30's
    • Approximate Height and Weight: Close to 6'0"; 170 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown shoulder-length hair with a reddish cast. He was bearded. His right shoulder had undergone surgery and was wired together.
    • Clothing: He was wearing a black biker/USA T-shirt with wings, an eagle and a flag on it and elastic-band shorts. He also had a Jemis watch and a sign that read "stranded hungry God Bless" with a smiley face.

    T-Shirt and Watch

    Case History
    Area people believe they saw this man, with the sign in question at several highway locations around the Indianapolis area, including spots on State Road 37 around Martinsville.
    On September 13, 1998, a hunter discovered the badly decomposed body in a cornfield on Maple Grove Road in northeast Morgan County.
    He had been killed by a blow to the head. Since a watch was left on the body, officers do not believe robbery was the motive.
    He was buried on or about October 2, 1998, in Nutter Cemetery under the name "John Doe". According to the Sheriff, parts necessary for a possible reconstruction were kept.

    Last edited: Dec 16, 2015
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  2. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    this is HEARTBREAKING. :(
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  3. DaisyChains

    DaisyChains Bronze Member

    Search On For Homeless Man
    August 05, 1998|By MATTHEW HAY BROWN; Courant Staff Writer
    NEW BRITAIN — Police, family members and volunteer dog handlers are searching for a 47-year-old homeless man who apparently abandoned his usual sleep site last week.

    ``He's never done anything like this before,'' Kathleen Gendrolas said of her brother, Stephen J. Raymond, who was last seen on South Street at about 6:30 p.m. July 28. ``It's so unusual for him. That's why we know that something is really, really wrong.''

    [​IMG]Gendrolas and her parents, Odell and O'Neil Raymond of New Britain, have reported Raymond missing to police and notified Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue. Police are treating Raymond as a missing person. The volunteer search team combed the woods and deep grass off South Street near the Conrail tracks, Raymond's usual sleep site, during the weekend.

    Gendrolas described Raymond as a very bright man bothered by depression and physical pain. She said he takes prescription antidepressants and painkillers, which affect his moods.

    Gendrolas said Raymond had been living with their parents until they moved to a one-bedroom apartment on Chestnut Street earlier this year. She said he had stayed at the Salvation Army and the Friendship Center shelters before he started sleeping out off South Street about three months ago.

    Raymond continued to take breakfasts and weekend meals with their parents, and other meals at the Friendship Center, she said. Gendrolas said he also would visit their parents each evening.

    She said Raymond was last seen leaving his parents' home to sleep out off South Street. He had been angry, she said, because he had been turned down for an apartment in the city, but he was not despondent or suicidal.

    Gendrolas described Raymond as a white male, 5-foot-10, 165 lbs.; with dark, curly brown hair, longish in back and balding on top; hazel eyes and a scar from recent surgery on his left shoulder. She said he was last seen wearing a dark blue T- shirt with the word ``Alert'' in yellow letters over the left breast; a light-blue, button-down shirt with sleeves rolled up; jeans and black sneakers.

    Searchers have found Raymond's sleeping bag and other items at his sleep site.

    Police say they are following all leads, but have little information.

    ``It's one of those cases where an individual apparently was staying somewhere and just walked away,'' police Sgt. Fred Haddad said.

    Ellen Simpson, director of the Friendship Center, said workers there have not seen Raymond since last week. The Arch Street shelter is cooperating with the family and police.

    ``We're certainly as concerned as everybody else,'' Simpson said. ``He is a part of the Friendship Center family. He was here on a daily basis, and we cared for him.''

    ``We're very, very worried, very stressed out,'' Gendrolas said. ``We're trying to get help, but it's been very hard. We know we aren't the first family to deal with a missing person, and some people have been missing for years, but he's my brother, and we love him.''

    Found an article about a homeless man named Stephen J. Raymond from CT who went missing in Aug of 1998 who had previous surgery on his shoulder like the UID!!! Granted unfortunately that the UID had surgery on right shoulder and they say Stephen had it on his left. Still, Could it be him? It sounds so close! I gotta research more. Stephen was in his 40's though... older than this guy. hm. hopeful thinking probably on my part...

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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    It's an interesting find, but I don't know how he could get so far away from Indiana that quickly. And leave his only belongings behind?
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    Sunburst Bronze Member

  6. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Not only are some "Homeless" Dangerous because they have "Untreated Mental illness". But more often they are more vulnerable because of this. And unclear thinking has them make bad decisions. They are ignored. And are not given the treatment they need. And desperation causes people to do things to survive. And sometimes it turns violent. There are alot of Homeless that are "Vets". Namely "Vietnam". And the "Government" NEVER gave a F about them. And didn't when they came back. THEY FOUGHT FOR YOU! SOULLESS MF'ER'S! I know some "Vets" and NONE came back "unscathed".
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  7. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    No image of what he might have possibly looked like?
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Not that I could find, no.
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