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1998 Milwaukee County John Doe

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  • Last updated: March 28, 2023
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • December 4, 1998

Overview of 1998 Milwaukee County John Doe

The decedent's partially articulated skeleton was found by a pest control inspector at the Thielan Tanning Company under the 27th Street Viaduct. The skeleton was found outside and had been sheltered by steel plates that were leaning against a wall. The man was wearing a pair of scrub pants from the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. The pants were too large for him and investigators do not discount that they may have belonged to someone else. It was learned that the Milwaukee County Mental Health facility destroys records after one year if a person simply walks away. A copy of the anthropological exam is available. Many hand and foot bones missing, sternum absent.

Estimated Date of Death: 1982 - 1993 State of Remains: Skeletal remains Cause of Death: Unknown

Dentals: Edentulous. It is believed that the individual wore dentures. No dentures were recovered at the scene. Fingerprints: Not Available DNA: mtDNA and nucDNA available at UNT. Ref #UNTHSC-10-3419.1

Clothing: Remnants of a dress shirt, scrub pants (size 32 x 32) with label "MHC-A & MHC no acute" (MHC means Milwaukee County Mental Health), boxer shorts (size 32) on inside out, and dark plain loafer-type shoes. Other cloth remnants were recovered. Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Unknown

The Doe Network Case Number: 1771UMWI


  1. Date Found:December 4, 1998
  2. NAMUS Number:UP 7709
  3. Race:Asian, believed to be Vietnamese
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:4'8" to 5'4"
  6. Weight:Unknown
  7. Hair Color:Unknown
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