Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office and D'Iberville Police Department Team with Othram to Identify 2020 John Doe

An unknown man found in the Gulf Coast city of D'Iberville has now been identified

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Published April 25, 2022 by Michael Vogen
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Summary

In April 2020, the body of an unknown man was found in the Gulf Coast city of D'Iberville, Mississippi, behind 3680 Sangani Blvd about 20 feet from the shore in the water. He was found without identification documents and there were few clues to who he might be. Perhaps the only distinguishing detail is that he was found wearing a sweatshirt, featuring an illustration of an alien and the phrase "Nobody Freakin Cares". The case was entered into NamUs as UP71601.

In 2021, the Mississippi State Medical Examiner's office and D'Iberville Police Department teamed with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to help generate new leads that might identify the unknown man or his next of kin. The funding to support this case was provided by Mississippi native and philanthropist, Carla Davis. Carla also executed the genealogical research necessary to generate investigative leads for the agency. Once a genealogical profile of the unknown man was built, genealogical research produced investigative leads that were then returned to law enforcement. An additional investigation by D'Iberville Police Department investigators confirmed the identity of the man as Dean Jeffrey.

Cause of death remains unclear and the investigation continues. Anyone with information that might aid the investigation is encouraged to contact Captain Griffin at 228-396-4252.


Michael Vogen

Michael Vogen

Director of Case Management

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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.

About Othram Inc.

Othram is the world’s first private DNA laboratory built specifically to apply the power of modern parallel sequencing to forensic evidence. Othram’s scientists are experts at recovery, enrichment, and analysis of human DNA from trace quantities of degraded or contaminated materials. Founded in 2018, and located in The Woodlands, Texas, our team works with academic researchers, forensic scientists, medical examiners, and law enforcement agencies to achieve results when other approaches have failed. Follow Othram on Twitter @OthramTech or visit Othram.com to learn how we can help you with your case. With dnasolves.com anyone can make a difference and help solve the next cold case.

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