Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Teams with Othram to Identify 2022 John Doe

A man, whose remains were found in a house in Norwalk, Connecticut, is to be identified using advanced DNA testing and forensic genetic genealogy.


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Published December 20 by Michael Vogen
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In October 2022, the remains of an unidentified individual were found in Norwalk, Connecticut. Investigators responded to the scene and discovered the remains of a male individual in a house that was under construction. The male had short black hair and brown eyes. He was 5'4" tall, weighed 106 pounds, and was estimated to be between the ages of 30 and 40 years at the time of his death. Investigators believe he died approximately one week prior to the discovery of his remains. The man was wearing a t-shirt, hooded sweatshirt, a jacket, and tan hospital socks. On the man's body, investigators also found a brown bead rosary necklace.

No identifying information was available for the man and he became known as Fairfield County John Doe (2022). Details of the case were entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) as UP101112.

In 2023, as part of an ongoing collaboration aimed at solving the backlog of cold cases in Connecticut, the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner partnered with Othram in The Woodlands, Texas. Othram will use Forensic-Grade Genomic Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile to generate new investigative leads for the case. Anyone with information that could aid in this investigation is encouraged to contact the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner by calling 860-679-3980 and referencing agency case M-22-20936 or NamUs ID UP101112.

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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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