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1988 Maricopa County John Doe

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  • Last updated: March 5, 2023
  • September 30, 1988

Overview of 1988 Maricopa County John Doe

A Maricopa County highway worker found the decedent's lower body wrapped in plastic and a blanket off Arizona 85, 11 miles south of Buckeye. Detectives found another bundle in the desert 6 miles north of the first one. That bundle contained the upper body minus the hands and head. The decedent is a black male, possibly light complexioned, and weighed 130 to 160 pounds with no distinguishing marks.

Estimated Date of Death: Days prior State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction Cause of Death: Unknown

Dentals: Available Fingerprints: Unavailable DNA: Available, will be entered into CODIS

Clothing: None Jewelry: None Additional Personal Items: None

The Doe Network Case Number: 2292UMAZ


  1. Date Found:September 30, 1988
  2. NAMUS Number:1920
  3. Race:Black / African American
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:5'6" to 5'11"
  6. Weight: Unknown
  7. Hair Color:Black
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