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1978 New Castle County John Doe

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  • Last updated: March 20, 2023
  • Wilmington, DE
  • April 7, 1978

Overview of 1978 New Castle County John Doe

The decedent was located on a black rubber car mat and pink throw rug at a dump site in the 600 Block of Terminal Avenue in Wilmington, DE. His skull, chest and hips were found there, with leg bones and size 32 blue pants about 11 feet away. A coroner concluded he died of natural causes.

Estimated Date of Death: 1971-1978 State of Remains: Skeletal Cause of Death: Natural

Dentals: Available. All teeth present with no restorations or fillings. No evidence of tobacco use. Fingerprints: Not available. DNA: Available.

Clothing: leached blue, long-sleeved shirt which was rolled up around the elbow region. A tag at the back of the neck area says, "Kent- Collection By Arrow". A pair of blue, bleached pants, size 32, show "Made in Hong Kong". Printed, jersey undershorts also recovered. Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Unknown

The Doe Network Case Number: 1140UMDE


  1. Date Found:April 7, 1978
  2. NAMUS Number:2185
  3. Race:Black
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:5'4"
  6. Weight:140 lbs
  7. Hair Color:Black
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