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TX TOM GREEN COUNTY JOHN DOE: W/HM, 17-27, found at Twin Buttes Lake, TX - 15 Nov 1987

Discussion in 'Unidentified 1980 to 1989' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member


    On November 15, 1987, in a remote area near the north shore of Twin Buttes Lake southwest of San Angelo, Texas, two boys, who had gone there fishing, discovered the skeletal remains of an unidentified male. Lying in a field at the end of a caliche road off of FM 2166, the deceased was wearing jeans, undershorts, and white socks (no shoes) when he died. An autopsy revealed the young man was between 17-27 years old, probably White and Caucasian or Hispanic, stood 5’8, and weighed about 160 pounds. The cause and manner of death could not be determined, and while there were no signs of foul play, investigators think eventually the case will be determined a homicide based on the fact he was found without shoes in the middle of mesquite bushes with clean white socks. That’s why the case is known by some investigators as “White Socks”.

    Status: Passed quality control – waiting for sequencing


    Sex: Male
    Race / Ethnicity: White / Caucasian, Hispanic / Latino
    Estimated Age Group: Adult - Pre 40
    Estimated Age Range (Years): 17-27
    Estimated Year of Death: 1987
    Estimated PMI: 5 Months
    Height: 5' 8"(68 inches) , Estimated
    Weight: 160 lbs, Estimated

    Type: Unidentified Deceased
    Date Body Found: November 15, 1987
    Location Found
    General Location--Texas
    County: Tom Green County
    Circumstances of Recovery: Estimated date of death is 5-6 months; found in Twin Buttes Lake area. Clothing consists of size 34 x 30 "Levi's" blue jeans, size 34 "Jockey" shorts, white socks.
    Details of Recovery
    Inventory of Remains: All parts recovered
    Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial skeletal parts only

    Physical Description
    Hair Color: Brown
    Head Hair Description: Brown
    Distinctive Physical Features
    Other distinctive physical characteristic: May have unknowingly suffered from Spina Bifida.

    Clothing and Accessories
    Clothing: Clothing consists of size 34 x 30 "Levi's" blue jeans, size 34 "Jockey" shorts, white socks. - On the Body


  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Tom Green Co. Sheriff's Office releases photos of 'John Doe' found in 1987
    June 2018

    Facial reconstruction photos of a man whose body was discovered nearly 31 years ago have been released by the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office.

    The man's body was found Nov. 15, 1987, at the Twin Buttes Reservoir in the southwest part of Tom Green County in an advanced state of decomposition, according to a sheriff's office news release issued Monday, June 11, 2018.

    The photos, which were based on forensic anthropology and dental examinations, as well as DNA samples, revealed a man about 17-27 years old, possibly Caucasian or Hispanic.


  3. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

    Sheriff's Office Discovers New Evidence on Unidentified Body Found at Twin Buttes

    By Matt Trammell | Dec. 3, 2019 10:44 am

    SAN ANGELO, TX -- The Tom Green County Sheriff's Office has discovered new evidence in the case of the John Doe found at Twin Buttes in 1987.

    Recently the Sheriff's Office was notified that the ethnicity breakdown from FTDNA shows a large European portion (mostly Spain) likely comes from those that colonized and settled in Central and South America. His mtDNA haplogroup also most closely represented a Columbian sample, so it's probably a good bet that he was from somewhere in this area.

    Looking at the DNA matches the shared segments are all pretty small which indicates very distant shared ancestors. Right now the plan is to keep checking back in on the matches regularly on GEDmatch and FTDNA in hopes that a closer match pops up.
    Kimster and SheWhoMustNotBeNamed like this.

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