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1981 Spokane County John Doe

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  • Last updated: March 14, 2023
  • Spokane, WA
  • July 14, 1981

Overview of 1981 Spokane County John Doe

The decedent was found in the weeds along a railroad embankment inside a transient camp located at Trent and Erie Street near downtown Spokane. Several transients staying in the area stated that they had known the decedent and that he had gone by the name "Slow Harold".

Autopsy results showed manner of death as homicide due to skull fracture. The head was partially severed from the body after death. The body was partially skeletonized.

A clothing label had the name or word "KLENE" written in permanent ink. There were also two items of clothing that had what appeared to be dry cleaning labels inside of them which read "Troy Linen Company" and "N-1805-75-1". Investigators contacted several companies with similar or same company names and were unable to locate any useful records that might lead to an identification for the decedent.

Estimated Date of Death: 1981 State of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial skeletal parts only Cause of Death: Blunt force trauma to the head

Dentals: Unavailable, no teeth Fingerprints: Unavailable DNA: Unknown

Clothing: Long wool type overcoat with large front pockets; black leather coat with the letters "KLENE" hand written in ink on the interior label (see photo); J.C. Penney shirt, "Big Mac", 100% cotton, size Tall XL 17-17 1/2; lace up boots, mid-calf high. Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Small coin bag with metal clasp (see photo)

The Doe Network Case Number: 570UMWA


  1. Date Found:July 14, 1981
  2. NAMUS Number:483
  3. Race:Caucasian / White
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:5'8", measured
  6. Weight:150 lbs, estimated
  7. Hair Color:Light brown with some graying
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