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jane-doe-san-juan-river Archuleta New Mexico Jane Doe September 1982Race: White
Sex: Female
Hair: Brown
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 115
Clothing: Wrangler
blue jeans, blue quilted
peasant jacket, purple
halter top blouse, and
pink lace panties
Jewelry: Hollow gold
heart pendant and
horn-shaped pendant.
Other: Red toenail polish. She had prior surgery removing uterus.

On September 19, 1982, the remains of
an unidentified “Jane Doe”,
were found on an island in the San
Juan River in New Mexico. An autopsy
indicated the female had been
a victim of murder by strangulation.

At this time the victim and
her killer have not been identified.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: 
Detective George Barter of the
Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office at
970-264-8450.

Below is an updated article on the case, published in 2009 by Durango Herald

Two bodies, no names
Pagosa Springs detective reopens 1982 murder case

The Durango Herald
by Chuck Slothower
Last Updated; Sunday, July 19, 2009

unidentified-john-jane-doe

CARRACAS – Frank Chavez dismounted from his horse to examine what looked like a football in the San Juan River.

The cattle rancher discovered a human foot, attached to a dead woman, her upper body skeletonized.

Chavez went for help and returned later that day with Archuleta County sheriff’s deputies, the coroner and neighbors to recover the body. The woman had been strangled, authorities later determined.

That was Sept. 19, 1982. A month later, on Oct. 22, another rancher nearby stumbled across a dead man who had been shot twice, his body in the river, eaten by coyotes.

Almost 27 years later, authorities do not know who the victims were, who killed them or why. George Barter, an Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office detective, is trying to change that

Barter has taken a strong interest in the case, re-interviewing witnesses and commissioning new reconstructions of what the victims would have looked like.

Months before their deaths, the couple – known as John and Jane Doe – were seen at the bar of the Iron Horse Inn north of Durango. They also came through Pagosa Springs, Farmington and Dulce, N.M. A witness remembers seeing someone matching the woman’s description at the Bondad Hill Saloon.
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“They ran all around this area during that summer,” Barter said.

Someone, Barter believes, has gotten away with murder.

Jane Doe was found with two pendants, one of a heart and another of an Italian love horn.

A piece of paper found in her jeans pocket had a name and phone number, but for years, investigators could not decipher the writing. Eventually, they determined it was the penmanship of Marilyn Cobianco, who lives in Farmington.

Cobianco confirmed it was her handwriting, but she could not remember Jane Doe or explain why her name and phone number ended up in a dead woman’s pocket, Barter said. Cobianco declined to be interviewed when reached by phone recently.

John Doe was wearing a tan T-shirt with the logo of Lazy B Guest Ranch, a now-defunct brothel in Fallon, Nev. The reverse showed a map of brothels in that area.

John Doe’s body is buried at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque in a grave marked only by a number.

Jane Doe’s remains were given to Block-Salazar Mortuary in Española, N.M.

“They put her in an unmarked grave in an unknown cemetery,” Barter said. “Not to say that I’m done looking for her.”

John and Jane Doe’s skulls were separated from their bodies to aid in police reconstructions shortly after the crime, ending up in storage at a museum used by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator, Barter said. That office did not return messages requesting comment.

Much of the evidence connected to the case has been lost, including Jane Doe’s clothing. The case file itself was missing until an Archuleta County clerk found it in an old file cabinet.

Turf disputes over the crime, which happened on the Colorado-New Mexico border, just east of Arboles, also have slowed the investigation.

Prosecutors in Archuleta County and Rio Arriba County, N.M., fought over jurisdiction of the case, Barter said. New Mexico State Police officers who now are retired investigated, along with the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office. Evidence was split among law enforcement in Archuleta County, Rio Arriba County and state investigators in Albuquerque.

Barter fears physical evidence was thrown out because of New Mexico’s former 15-year statute of limitations on prosecuting murders.

Barter said if investigators “had just done their jobs and preserved what was there,” the victims’ assailant or assailants would be in jail by now.

“I feel like she was probably sexually molested,” Barter said. “Now, with DNA, we could tag the person if we found those things.”

Jane Doe, investigators believe, was 5 feet 5 inches tall, 115 pounds and had brown hair, although Chavez insists she had long, blonde hair. She was 30 to 35 years old. By the time Chavez found her, she had been in the river for four to six weeks, the coroner estimated.

Investigators know less about John Doe because his body was more badly decomposed. It had been at least eight weeks since his death when he was found. He was believed to be in his mid-20s, with a stocky build and reddish-blond hair. He may have worked for a carnival traveling around the area. Both were white.

Barter got Mary Brazas, a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office official, to draw new, more accurate reconstructions of the victims with the aid of computer technology. Older reconstructions done soon after the crime simply used clay and wigs.

Several theories have emerged to explain why the two, who may have been a couple, were killed.

Jane Doe may have been raped, and John Doe killed to get him out of the way, Barter said. It also could have been a drug deal gone bad. But Barter said both of these theories are only “wild guesses.”

No car has been tied to the victims and they are believed to have hitchhiked around the area, Barter said. They likely would have had few possessions worth stealing.

Barter hopes someone still living can help him identify the victims and catch the killers.

“This case epitomizes injustice,” the detective said. “If there was justice in the world, (the killers) would be in jail, and we’d know who (the victims) were.”

A Colorado Bureau of Investigations agent in Durango, Jeff Brown, has helped track down leads for Barter. He said the bureau would not release any information about the investigation and referred questions to Archuleta County.

The case became a bit more eerie when Barter and Brazas went to visit John Doe’s grave. They found it in a line of gravestones devoted to unidentified victims.
“There were fresh flowers on it,” Barter said.

Frank Chavez, 76, and his brother Chris still raise cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and chickens at Rancho Juanita near where the bodies were found.

The remote area is about 18 miles south of U.S. Highway 160, west of Pagosa Springs. A dirt road leads to Pagosa Junction, a place on the map marked only by a church and a crumbling railroad depot. The Chavez brothers live south of there, at Carracas, near where the San Juan River dips into New Mexico.

The brothers think the bodies may have been thrown off the Carracas Bridge that spans the San Juan among cottonwoods and sagebrush on County Road 557. Both bodies were found downstream of there. But Barter said the bodies could have been dumped at any point upriver of where they were found.

The brothers believe the killings were drug-related. Trafficking and a lack of law enforcement posed problems in the 1970s and early ’80s, they said. “Planes used to fly by here real low,” Chris Chavez said.

But Barter said the Chavez brothers’ theory that the killings were drug-related is only “speculative.”

The killings shocked residents, Frank Chavez said.

“It was a dark day in our community here to have something like that happen in our backyard,” he said. “We grew up with hardworking, honest people. In the ’70s, it all turned. People were coming from all over the place.

Barter hopes publicity about the case will lead to the victims’ identification.

“These people deserve to be known,” he said. “And their families deserve to know where they are.”

Source:
The Durango Herald
http://www.durangoherald.com/…/Two_bodies_no_names/

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Unidentified "John Doe" found deceased in Illinois eight years ago

Facial Reconstructions of Unidentified “John Doe” found deceased in Illinois eight years ago

On January 6, 2005 at approximately 4PM the deceased body of an adult male was discovered at the Illinois/Michigan Shipping Canal near Summit, Illinois. He had been murdered. Illinois Police believe it’s possible he was homeless prior to his murder.

Despite reaching out to journalist/media and the internet, the identity and murder of this man remains unsolved.

Location Found: Summit, Illinois
Country: United States
Estimated Age: Between 50 and 60 years
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 185 pounds
Hair: Brown hair which was balding. He also had a moustache.
Clothing: White shirt, blue shirt, brown sweater, dark (blue) pants, black shoes (size 9) which slipped on in a way that slippers would slip on ones foot.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: Illinois State Police Sergeant James Minx #3021 and/or the Zone 1 Investigations Unit in DesPlaines at 847-294-4600. (Case # 05-10145DP)

Source: Illinois State Police Website

Click here for other unsolved cases in Illinois.

On November 4, 2010, the body of an unidentified male was found by hunters on Thursday about a mile from Route 11 in Staceyville, Maine. He is believed to be a caucasion male in his fifties that weighed approx 150 pounds and around 5’9. When found he was found wearing a blue and white plaid, button-down, long-sleeve shirt. The shirt was a “Vineyard Vines” whale shirt. The shirt comes from a company based out of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. He also was wearing St. John’s Bay khaki pants. The pants had a 33-inch waist and a 30-inch inseam. The deceased male also had a medium St. John’s Bay dark brown canvas jacket a pair of New Balance sneakers that were model 811, size 10EE.

The deceased also wore a blue and white cap with the name ‘Chris’ on it. Possibly hinting his first name. It is believed that he may have died a month prior to his body’s discovery.

If you have any information about this deceased person, please contact the Maine State Police located in Houlton at (207) 532-5400.

The 1992 LA Riots was caught on national television for the world to see. It started after the acquittal of three white and one hispanic police officer in a criminal trial. A videotape had captured the brutal beating of Rodney King, a black motorist who led police on a high speed chase and resisted arrest in March of 1991. King’s two passengers in his car were not abused in any way. What followed after the verdict was nearly a billion dollars in damage. Over two thousand injuries and 53 homicides, 22 of which are still unsolved today. One that still puzzles police is that of a possible 35 year old white male named John Doe 80. He stood just under 5 feet tall and weighed 117 pounds. His body was found May 2, 1992 in a Pep Boys on S. Vermont Avenue that had been gutted by a fire during the riots. He had suffered a fractured skull and had succumbed to smoke inhalation. Police believe that he may have been punched and knocked unconscious. His remains were charred but it is known that he had brown hair. He also had all of his teeth that had no fillings as well as two that were peg shaped. If you have any information about who this victim might be please contact the Los Angeles County Coroners Office at 323-343-0512. For information about other unsolved murders during the LA Riots, please visit http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/29/for-22-murder-victims-la-riots-leave-legacy-justice-eluded/ If you have information about who may have killed John Doe 80 please contact the Los Angeles Police Department at their anonymous tip line at 1-877-LAPD 24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

Was Dead Hitchhiker from Connecticut?

 It was October 18th 1984 near the small town of Malvern, Arkansas. An Unidentified white male died as a result of a car accident when the vehicle he was in landed in a body of water. The other occupant of the car (the owner) managed to get out safely. The victim had been under water for as long as 30 minutes and died two days from his injuries. His name is not known and it is believed he had been hitchhiking when he was picked up by the owner of the vehicle in Louisville, Kentucky. The owner of the car was driving to Houston, Texas and allowed the hitchhiker to come along. During the drive, the owner of the vehicle allowed the victim to drive while he (the owner) went to sleep. Shortly after the victim took the wheel, the two got into a car accident.

The deceased is a White male 5’8″; 167 lbs and around the ages of 25 to 35 years. He had medium to dark brown hair which measured about 6 inches in length. The deceased also had a bushy, brown beard, brown eyes a small circular scar on his left ankle. Found on him were: Brown boot shoes; a pair of red, black and white sweat socks sized M8; a cut brown sweater; 28 x 32 Corduroy trousers; and multicolored long sleeved shirt ” John Henry ” (his neck size was 14 1/2 inches (32-33)). There is a belief that he may have been from the New Haven, Connecticut area. He may have also been trying to get to California. If anyone has any information as to who please contact the Hot Spring County Coroners Office at 501-732-0561 . You can email them at chris.edwards@crimelab.arkansas.gov.

To see a post-mortem photo of the unidentified please click here. Picture is not gory but still could be disturbing to some.