Overview of 2009 Pinal County John Doe
The body of a young male found dead of an apparent homicide in 2009 in the desert of Hidden Valley is still unidentified 11 years later, and his murder case remains open.
The John Doe’s body was found around 9 a.m. on March 28, 2009, near West Pampas Grass and North Hidden Valley roads outside of Maricopa by a concerned citizen, according to a report from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. When officers arrived, he was lying face up on the ground near the eastern edge of the roadway with his head facing north and his feet to the south. His head had “heavy trauma” and there was a lot of blood present at the scene, both on the body and on the ground. According to NamUs, the bottle had the name “Andrez Garcia” on it, and a date of birth of November 30, 1987, on the label. Medical paperwork from “Hospital Patient Services” located at 2400 West Dunlap Ave. in Phoenix was also found in his pocket. The paperwork, in part, described available services for undocumented immigrants.
Though the officer on scene estimated the man’s age to be in the early 20s, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says he is believed to have been between the ages of 15 and 21. He was 5-foot-7 and weighed around 120 pounds at the time of his death. He was described as Hispanic, with short, thick black hair and brown eyes. He also had a half-inch mustache and no beard. The clothing he was wearing when he was found include dark-colored denim jeans, a white T-shirt, a black, hooded jacket with a “South Side 13” design, a black canvas belt with a metal belt buckle inscribed with two crossed pistols, white socks and white sneakers. A small yellow flashlight was also found on his person.
Estimated Date of Death: 2009, prior
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction.
Cause of Death: Homicide - heavy trauma on the head
Clothing: Dark-colored denim jeans, a white T-shirt, a black, hooded jacket with a “South Side 13” design, a black canvas belt with a metal belt buckle inscribed with two crossed pistols, white socks and white sneakers.
Additional Personal Items: A small yellow flashlight. A business card from "Hospital Patient Services" of Phoenix, AZ stapled to two sheets of paper describing available services for undocumented migrants. Urine-filled plastic container with name "Andrez Garcia", "date of birth 11-30/1987
The Doe Network Case Number: 3946UMAZ