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PA WEST MANCHESTER JOHN DOE: M, 30-50, found in York County, PA - 18 Nov 2013

Discussion in 'Unidentified 2010 to Present' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member


    On November 18, 2013 tree trimmers stumbled upon a human skeleton on the side of the road at the busy intersection of Haviland Road and Loucks Road in West Manchester Township, York, Pennsylvania. The bones were that of a White male and either Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic or a combination of the three. Forensic scientists estimated he was 30-50 years old and stood 5’3 to 5’10. Evidence of trauma on the bones led officials to classify the death as homicide. Investigators found with the remains a partial upper denture plate belonging to the man. Based on isotope testing of the bones, investigators believe the man lived in the US as a youth, most likely in the southern states.

    Undergoing Testing


    The victim wore a black leather jacket, size unknown; Knocker brand boxer shorts, small size, with blue and red checks; and a pair of purple Mongoose sunglasses.

    On Monday, November 18, 2013, the unidentified human remains of a male subject were discovered in a wooded area in West Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania. Post mortem interval is greater than 3 years and as much as 10 years. For additional information and photographs regarding this victim, refer to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) unidentified remains database, case report number UP# 12047.


  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Human remains: Testing reveals new info about mysterious bones found in West Manchester

    Police have released a new sketch and details about the remains of a man found four years ago in West Manchester Township, in hopes that someone will have information about him and come forward.

    The remains were found at the intersection of Loucks and Haviland roads in November 2013, a news release from the West Manchester Township Police Department states.

    Police are investigating the death as a homicide. The ultimate goal is to figure out who he is and who killed him, Officer Lance Krout said. "Everything hinges on being able to identify who he is."

    Police said the deceased was a Hispanic-American man, between the ages of 35 and 50. He was 5-foot, 5-inches tall with a slender, muscular build.

    Police sent the man's remains to the University of South Florida Forensic Anthropology Laboratory for analysis. Dr. Erin Kimmerle led the testing, which involved looking at the bones and teeth. Basically, the scientists looked at the water, minerals and food he ate to determine where he lived, Krout said.

    Here's what the testing showed:
    • A higher presence of corn maize in his childhood diet -- along with his ancestry estimate -- points to the fact that he's likely a Hispanic-American man.
    • He likely is from a Hispanic family and was born and lived in the United States.
    • He spent his early childhood in the Southeast, possibly north Florida, Georgia, southern parts of South Carolina, southern Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana or Texas.
    • He spent the last decade of his life in or around Pennsylvania. The state's that matched up with the testing include Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri and Maine.
    "It is the hope of the West Manchester Township Police Department that a friend, family member or acquaintance of the deceased sees this information along with the provided sketches and recognizes this person as a person they know," the release states.

    The sketches are not exact images but are an artist's rendition of what he might have looked like at the time of death.

    If police are not able to identify the remains, more testing options exist for the department to explore, Krout said. The work done by the University of South Florida was free.


  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sex: Male
    Race / Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
    Estimated Age Group: Adult - Pre 50
    Estimated Age Range (Years): 30-50
    Estimated Year of Death: 2000-2010
    Estimated PMI: 3 Years

    Type: Unidentified Deceased
    Date Body Found: November 18, 2013
    Location Found
    Street Address: Loucks Road and Haviland Road York, Pennsylvania 17408
    County: York County
    Circumstances of Recovery: Skeletal remains were discovered by a tree trimming crew working along a public roadway in York Co. PA.
    Details of Recovery
    Inventory of Remains: One or more limbs not recovered
    Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton

    Clothing and Accessories
    Clothing: partially decayed boxer undershorts, Knocker brand - Near the Body


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