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Unidentified Person

1957 Harris County John Doe

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  • Last updated: April 9, 2023
  • Houston, TX
  • July 8, 1957

Overview of 1957 Harris County John Doe

The victim was found face down, floating in Buffalo Bayou where the south bank of bayou runs through downtown Houston, near the 1200 block of Commerce Street. The young man's body was deemed too decomposed for an autopsy in 1957.

He received a pauper's burial in unmarked Grave 5 in a county-owned cemetery. He was initially identified as Nolan Pruitt.

Estimated Date of Death: 3 days prior State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction Cause of Death: Unknown

Dentals: Available. Dentures with notation "EJC 810-56." Fingerprints: Not available DNA: Not available

Clothing: Green/brown striped long sleeved sport shirt with one pocket on the left upper chest, khaki pants, white cotton socks, brown shoes fastened with a strap and a buckle (size 9A), and a brown woven belt with a cowboy-style buckle. Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Two combs were found in a pocket.

The Doe Network Case Number: 2234UMTX


  1. Date Found:July 8, 1957
  2. NAMUS Number:UP 2970
  3. Race:Caucasian / White
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:5'5" to 5'7"
  6. Weight:135 - 150 lbs
  7. Hair Color:Dark brown or black
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