Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Teams with Othram to Identify 1977 John Doe

After 46 years, a man whose remains were found in Granby, CT is to be identified using advanced DNA testing and forensic genetic genealogy.
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Published November 29, 2023 by Michael Vogen
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In 1977, the remains of an unidentified man were discovered on the side of Enders Road in Granby, Connecticut. The man had long brown/black hair with blonde roots. His hair was pulled back into a ponytail. He had a mustache and goatee with hair that was long enough to be braided. The man was estimated to be 5’7” tall and 140 pounds in weight. He had brown eyes. The man’s age was estimated to be between 18 and 30 years. Investigators estimated that only a few days had passed between his time of death and time of discovery.

Several scars were present on the man’s body including a vaccination scar on the upper left arm, multiple scars on left chest area including, two irregular comma-shaped scars on left upper chest, and a round scar over the right knee. Despite the identifying characteristics of the man and law enforcement’s extensive efforts, his identity was never determined. Details of the case were entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) as #UP10037.

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. 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-77-1432 or NamUs ID #UP10037.

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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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