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1985 King County John Doe

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  • Last updated: March 14, 2023
  • Kirkland, WA
  • December 8, 1985

Overview of 1985 King County John Doe

The decedent was a transient who died from exposure in the Yarrow Bay lowlands. Earlier, he was seen riding a well-cared-for gray 10-speed bike in the area.

He was known as the "Bicycle Man." He lived in the Kirkland area and was a familiar sight to police, who occasionally stopped and chatted with him. No one, however, knew his name.

He would ride through the area on his silver 10-speed bicycle, with its shiny spokes and wheel rims. Bicycle Man used a sturdy lock to keep his prized possession secured, and investigators hoped to identify him through locksmiths.

When he was discovered deceased, he was lying under a plastic tarp, under blackberry bushes, in the Yarrow Bay lowlands. Police found his bicycle next to him.

Estimated Date of Death: 1985 State of Remains: Recognizable face Cause of Death: Exposure - hypothermia

Dentals: Unknown Fingerprints: Unknown DNA: Unknown

Clothing: Gray sweatpants, a Nike windbreaker, a long-sleeve navy hooded sweatshirt with a picture of an apple and the word "Washington." He also wore a blue-and-white T-shirt that read "Puritan, the sporting life." Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Silver 10 speed bike, serial #J2508512.

The Doe Network Case Number: 370UMWA


  1. Date Found:December 8, 1985
  2. NAMUS Number:16334
  3. Race:Caucasian / White
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:5'11"
  6. Weight:160 lbs
  7. Hair Color:Brown
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