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2008 Wayne County John Doe

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  • Last updated: April 2, 2023
  • Detroit, MI
  • March 14, 2008

Overview of 2008 Wayne County John Doe

The decedent was wrapped in a comforter or blanket, tied with an electrical cord and partially buried in a shallow grave in a back alley off Mansfield Street. His death is believed to be drug-related.

Identifying this man may be the key to solving the cases of three other sets of human remains found in the same alley within a few days of finding this John Doe.

The four slayings are connected and are believed to have been committed by the same person.

Estimated Date of Death: 2004 - 2008 (likely 2004) State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton Cause of Death: Homicide

Dentals: Available. He had poor dental hygiene. Fingerprints: Not available DNA: Available at UNT.

Clothing: Trousers (poorly preserved); Black leather belt with a silver buckle; Black sandals with no socks (indicating he may have died during a warmer month); Black, short-sleeved, button-up shirt with a dramatic "Chinese dragon" design on the front and back. It appears he only buttoned the lower two buttons of the shirt. Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Purple plastic lighter; a AA Battery; several coins; and a set of keys with a Las Vegas Dollar key chain were found with the body.

The Doe Network Case Number: 1546UMMI


  1. Date Found:March 14, 2008
  2. NAMUS Number:UP 7642
  3. Race:African-American / Black
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height:5'9", estimated
  6. Weight:Unknown
  7. Hair Color:Unknown
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