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1980 Spokane County John Doe

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  • Last updated: March 14, 2023
  • Spokane, WA
  • January 21, 1980

Overview of 1980 Spokane County John Doe

The victim was discovered at 700 East Trent in a railroad tunnel east of downtown Spokane by 3 transients. He was curled up on his left side and his torso was extensively burned. He had head trauma and multiple fractures apparently inflicted prior to being set on fire.

He is thought to be a transient based on his discovery location and the layered clothing descriptions.

Estimated Date of Death: 2 days prior to discovery State of Remains: Charred/Burned Cause of Death: Possible homicide - traumatic injuries and smoke inhalation.

Dentals: Available. Fingerprints: Available. DNA: Unknown

Clothing: He was wearing a blue jean jacket, a blue jean shirt, a blue and brown thin cotton plaid shirt, another jacket with a nylon lining and foam insulation with an outer cotton fabric that had a fine blue colored weave. There was also a heavy denim garment with an inner lining of nylon which showed some quilted pattern. A pair of cowboy style boots that were mid calf in height with one bearing a label that said HYER Quality boots, made in U.S.A. There was a single pair of white wool socks. Jewelry: None listed Additional Personal Items: None listed

The Doe Network Case Number: 1675UMWA


  1. Date Found:January 21, 1980
  2. NAMUS Number:457
  3. Race:Caucasian / White
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:5'6"
  6. Weight:125 lbs
  7. Hair Color:Brown
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