In October 2006, the remains of an unidentified individual were located near the Salmon River Boat Launch in East Haddam, Connecticut, a town in New London County. It was determined that the remains belonged to a male individual who was between the ages of 35 and 45 years at the time of his death. No other identifying characteristics, including the man's likely ancestry, could be determined.
In 2011, details of the case were entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) as #UP8907. Despite the efforts of investigators, the man's identity remains unknown and he became known as New London County John Doe (2006).
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 using forensic genetic genealogy.
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-06-12497.
A DNASolves crowdfund has been created to raise funds for the casework costs. Anyone can contribute here. We are grateful for your support.