Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Mesa County Coroner's Office Partner with Othram to Identify a 1992 John Doe

Thirty years later, investigators are still working to identify the remains of a murdered man found in Grand Junction, Colorado
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Published September 24, 2022 by Michael Vogen
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In November 1992, the skeletal remains of an unidentified man were discovered hidden in brush near River Road and the Walter Walker State Wildlife Area. The skeletal remains were incomplete as the unidentified man's skull was not recovered from the scene. Investigators found several articles of clothing along with the remains, including a tan pull over t-shirt, and a pair of green swim trunks bearing an inscription with a Marshing, Idaho phone number. Based on evidence found at the scene, it is believed that the man is a homicide victim. Investigators believe that the man was white, between 18 and 25 years old, and that that he likely died within a year before his remains were recovered. They also determined that he was 5’8” tall and had brown hair.

For the nearly thirty years since the discovery of the man's remains, investigators have diligently pursued various leads, in hopes of uncovering the his identity. In January 2011, the case was entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). The case is logged as #UP8361. However in spite the investigative effort, all leads have been exhausted and the case has gone cold.

in 2022, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Mesa County Coroner's Office partnered with Othram to leverage Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to generate new leads that might establish an identity for the man or a close family member. Anyone with information that could aid in this investigation is encouraged to contact the Mesa County Coroner's Office by calling 970-244-3263 and referencing agency case 92-023. A DNASolves fund has been created to cover the costs associated with laboratory testing and genetic genealogy research. Anyone that wants to assist, can help fund the case here.

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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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