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1998 Spokane County John Doe

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  • Last updated: March 16, 2023
  • Spokane County, WA
  • June 15, 1998

Overview of 1998 Spokane County John Doe

A Riverfront Park maintenance worker was looking for a picnic table that he thought might have been tossed in the Spokane River when he spotted a body in the water near the Riverfront Park Carrousel.

The body was trapped beneath a floating catwalk near the Howard Street Bridge, in a section of the river that feeds into an intake for the Post Street dam.

The worker contacted law enforcement, and three divers from the city-county Water Rescue Team recovered the body.

An autopsy conducted the day after the body was discovered could not determine the cause of death, but there was no initial evidence of foul play.

The decedent may have had a medical history of significant heart disease. The body showed the presence of severe calcific atherosclerosis with high grade obstruction of the lumen. Sections of the aorta also showed severe calcific atherosclerosis.

Estimated Date of Death: 1 month State of Remains: Not recognizable - Advanced state of decomposition Cause of Death: Unknown

Dentals: Available. He had some upper teeth. Silver colored metal cap over one tooth in the left upper jaw area. Fingerprints: Not available DNA: Available

Clothing: A pair of dark blue, athletic-style shoes with rubber soles. Brand label Pacific Walkers on tongue of shoe. There are 2 velcro closure straps on each shoe. No shoe size listed in autopsy report; a tan-colored sock on the left foot; a pair of dark blue, long-legged trousers (twill style); a black leather-type belt with a white metal buckle; a long-sleeved shirt with light blue and white checks. 2 snap pockets on the front of the shirt; a pair of dark blue sunglasses with plastic frames. Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: A small packet with the medication Risperidone in it. The medication type could indicate a history of schizophrenia.

The Doe Network Case Number: 578UMWA


  1. Date Found:June 15, 1998
  2. NAMUS Number:679
  3. Race:Caucasian / White
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:5'7 1/2", measured
  6. Weight:195 lbs, measured
  7. Hair Color:Unknown
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