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2002 Shelby County John Doe

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  • Last updated: July 20, 2023
  • Memphis, TN
  • September 19, 2002

Overview of 2002 Shelby County John Doe

The body of an unidentified man was found near Nonconnah Creek and the Rivergate Road bridge in Memphis, Tennessee. A worker cleaning trash from the bridge saw the body draped over a tree about 100 yards from the creek bank. The location the decedent was found is also described as being "100 yards east of overpass."

Additional Information:

Estimated Date of Death: 2 months prior

State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction

Cause of Death: Possible homicide

Dentals: Available. Deteriorating teeth including broken crowns of the upper incisors. Tooth 3 has both occlusal and distal restorations.

Fingerprints: Unknown.

DNA: Unknown.

Clothing: Body found with white ankle socks or footsies.

Jewelry: Wooden bead necklace with wooden cross on clear filament-type string. A Band-Aid was wrapped around the clasp.

Additional Personal Items: Unknown.

The Doe Network Case Number: 422UMTN


  1. Date Found:September 19, 2002
  2. NAMUS Number:UP5261
  3. Race:Hispanic/Latino or Black/African-American
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:Unknown
  6. Weight:Unknown
  7. Hair Color: Unknown
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