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1982 Palm Beach County John Doe 1

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  • Last updated: April 17, 2023
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • March 28, 1982

Overview of 1982 Palm Beach County John Doe 1

The bodies of 12 Haitian refugees who drowned washed ashore in Boca Raton and northern Broward after their boat, the Esperancia, capsized off shore. Three of the dead were women, the other nine were men.

Estimated Date of Death: 1 day prior State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction Cause of Death: Drowning

Dentals: Unknown Fingerprints: Unknown DNA: Unknown

Clothing: Belt and undershorts Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: One key

The Doe Network Case Number: 1287UMFL


  1. Date Found:March 28, 1982
  2. NAMUS Number:1370
  3. Race:Black
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:5'6"
  6. Weight:114 lbs
  7. Hair Color:Unknown
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