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1972 Polk County John Doe

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  • Last updated: March 31, 2023
  • May 17, 1972

Overview of 1972 Polk County John Doe

The victim's remains were found on the south side of Winter Haven in a marshy area approximately 500 yards east of the overpass off Highway 17, south of Eloise. He had two gunshot wounds to the head. Some sources incorrectly list 1974 as the year of discovery.

Estimated Date of Death: Unknown State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction Cause of Death: Homicide by gunshot to the head

Dentals: Not available. Edentulous. No dentures. Fingerprints: Not available. DNA: Not available

Clothing: Short-sleeved cotton shirt, trousers, shoes, and socks. Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Unknown

The Doe Network Case Number: 2508UMFL


  1. Date Found:May 17, 1972
  2. NAMUS Number:9508
  3. Race:White
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:5'10" to 6'2"
  6. Weight:180 lbs
  7. Hair Color:Brown
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