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Unidentified Person

1977 Sumter County John Doe

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  • Last updated: April 13, 2023
  • Wildwood, FL
  • January 23, 1977

Overview of 1977 Sumter County John Doe

On January 23, 1977 at approximately 4:45 PM, the skeletal remains of an unidentified male were discovered in a shallow grave off of S.R. 44, approximately 5 miles west of Interstate 75. The remains were uncovered inside what is known as the Ventura Ranch just inside the fence line.

Estimated Date of Death: Unknown State of Remains: Skeletal Cause of Death: Homicide - Blunt trauma to the head

Dentals: Unknown. Upper row of teeth were missing with three remaining on the lower row. Fingerprints: Unknown DNA: Unknown

Clothing: Brown shirt, brown pants, and bright blue, size 10, penny loafer-style shoes. Jewelry: Men's stainless steel Ermano brand diver's-style watch. Additional Personal Items: Unknown

The Doe Network Case Number: 1311UMFL


  1. Date Found:January 23, 1977
  2. NAMUS Number:6114
  3. Race:Black
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:5'6"
  6. Weight:170 lbs
  7. Hair Color:Unknown
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