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1979 North Star County John Doe

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  • Last updated: January 31, 2024
  • Tok, Fairbanks, AK
  • August 20, 1979

Overview of 1979 North Star County John Doe

The victim was a hitchiker who was picked up hitchhiking near Boise, Idaho. He was headed for Pendleton, Oregon, but when the driver said he was going to Alaska, the hitchhiker asked if he could go along. Shortly after entering Alaska, the driver decided that the hitchhiker was getting on his nerves, so he killed him and left his body near the side of the highway. The killer confessed to the crime and was sent to prison, where he died in 2003. The killer said he had seen the hitchhiker's Oregon driver's license and said his name might have been Jack or John. He also described the hitchhiker as 32 years old, having long curly hair, and was missing his left eye as a result of a logging accident. During the journey, the hitchhiker told the driver that at some point he worked in either Colorado or Utah washing cars for a Lincoln Auto Dealership.

Estimated Date of Death: 1978 State of Remains: Skeletal, mandible not recovered Cause of Death: Homicide

Dentals: Available; multiple crowns and a root canal Fingerprints: Not Available DNA: Available

Clothing: Unknown Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Leather eye patch worn over left eye; wore a headband; had a marble in his pocket that he used as a prosthetic eye

The Doe Network Case Number: 2843UMAK


  1. Date Found:August 20, 1979
  2. NAMUS Number:12375
  3. Race:Caucasian / White
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:6'0", estimated
  6. Weight:185 lbs., estimated
  7. Hair Color:Brown
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