Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Partners with Othram to Identify a Man Found in 2020

Two years after his discovery, Cowlitz County John Doe remains unidentified
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Published February 05, 2022 by Michael Vogen
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In February 2020, human skeletal remains were found by a longshoreman at the Weyerhaeuser dock in Longview, Washington. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office and members of the Coroner’s Office searched the area and found a nearly complete skeleton buried in thick blackberry bushes. The skeleton was collected, and the scene was processed. The skeletal remains were sent to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, where a Forensic Odontologist made a dental record for comparison with the National Missing Person’s Database. Anthropological analysis suggested that the skeletal remains belonged to an adult Caucasian or Hispanic male.

The case details were entered and searched against NamUs and NCIC. Neither resource has been able to yield an identity. In 2021, the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office partnered with Othram to use advanced DNA testing to establish an identification of, or to find nearest kin to the unidentified man. Anyone with information about this man or the circumstances of his death is encouraged to contact Det. Sgt. Ryan Cruser with the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092. A DNASolves fund has been established to cover the costs of testing for this case and anyone can contribute here. The case has been logged in NamUs as #UP67764.

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Michael Vogen

Michael Vogen

Director of Case Management

2829 Technology Forest Blvd Suite 100, The Woodlands, Texas 77381

Michael works with law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and Canada on “unsolvable“ cases that can benefit from advanced DNA testing methods. He helps these agencies use cutting edge DNA sequencing and new forensic techniques to develop investigative leads for their cases.

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