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1980 Oneida County John Doe

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  • Last updated: March 27, 2023
  • Rhinelander, WI
  • March 19, 1980

Overview of 1980 Oneida County John Doe

The decedent's body was discovered in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, on March 19, 1980, along Highway 17 North.

Based on the calendar he carried relating to electrician work, he may not have been from the area, as he may have needed to travel for work opportunities or had attended the event that it mentioned.

The man died from exposure to the elements, possibly after slipping and falling after losing his footing. He may have departed from, or traveling to, the nearby town of Sugar Camp.

The decedent was exhumed in 2021 in hopes to obtain DNA and to examine his remains again.

Estimated Date of Death: Unknown; Circa 1980 State of Remains: Recognizable face Cause of Death: Exposure

Dentals: Unknown Fingerprints: Unknown DNA: Pending

Clothing: Brown corduroy jacket; blue button-up sweater; red, black, and white plaid long-sleeve shirt; brown, black, and white plaid scarf; dark-blue corduroy pants; brown fur earmuffs; thin brown belt; black Oxford shoes, size 12. Jewelry: White-metal Helbros Invincible wristwatch. At this time, these watches were considered to be "extremely" expensive. Additional Personal Items: Two loose keys inside his pockets, possibly to a house or a cabin. A pink-colored calendar promoting the 89th anniversary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

The Doe Network Case Number: 3515UMWI


  1. Date Found:March 19, 1980
  2. NAMUS Number:60642
  3. Race:White / Caucasian
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:6'0" to 6'4"
  6. Weight:165 to 175 lbs
  7. Hair Color:Black and Gray
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