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    I suspect that too, but it can't hurt to ask.

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    I am so excited! I know we don't know anything yet....but just all the new interest is great! This is the case that led me to Websleuths.

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    Amazing work folks. I would be very surprised if it is not a match.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roselvr View Post
    Let me know if you want it split out to a new post; I'll talk to Carl. If you want it split, it should be with your 1st post which is #23.

    Did you contact Lesha?
    Thank you to Carl for splitting the topic into a new thread!

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    Thanks Carl!

    I'm not sure just what hour I am up to of no sleep. Can't seem to make my brain stop. Want to make sure that everything is on top of everything over Imgur and Reddit.

    Hope this brings a resolution over the next few days!
    "If I knew the way, I would take you home..."

    Nearly 20 years without a name, Grateful Doe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greymetal View Post
    Is there any way we can have a seperate thread set up for this information? I don't want to get too excited yet, but it could lead us somewhere. What do you think?

    I shared GD's image again on Imgur. This time, it was seen 337,449 times (and counting), was liked by 5,553 people (and counting), and 600+ comments (some of which, are negative, but most are positive. I have had so many people ask questions, or show interest in the plight of GD).

    I monitored every single comment to see what was being said. My heart jumped into my throat when I saw someone posting that the sketches look familiar to a guy he knew. Here is our conversation (which I had permission to post) I have edited names to protect privacy. Any notes I make are initialed with GM:

    "Hi. Yes, I think I knew him. The sketches look like a kid I lived with for a few months back in 1994 into 1995.

    It was Fall Semester 1994 at University Of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. It was the beginning of my senior year and I was planning to live with two other guys in a two bedroom house just off campus. M & G. M was a couple years older than me and I knew him from a poetry class we had shared the year before. G was a younger guy who M knew from his church group. Anyway, when I arrived in town to move in to the house, it turned out that G had invited an even younger kid he'd met that summer to live with us. It was already going to be tight fit with the three of us in that tiny house. But M & I agreed to let him stay. His name was Jason and he was a laid back surfer dude from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I think that's where G met him. G & Jason lived in one bedroom. I was in the second bedroom and Mark lived in the unfinished basement.

    M and I were both attending classes at U of I and G may have been enrolled at a community college. I can't remember. Jason just hung out really. Even though the kid was probably only 17 or 18, he was a major Dead Head. I loved 60s music in a big way but had no interest in the Dead. M on the other hand was a big fan of the Dead and had plenty of conversations with Jason about their shared love of the band. I remember having long discussions with Jason about Atheism and about experiences with hallucinogens. Jason believed he could talk to trees. Not that all that unusual really. Jason did get a job at some point. He was working at a McDonalds near our house. I believe it was the one at *edited out for privacy* (maybe I can PM this address to someone in this area; They can call and confirm if there has ever been as Jason employed there? If it still exists!). He ended up getting involved romantically with a female manager there who was in her 30s or 40s. I can't remember if I ever met her. Then he disappeared. I don't remember exactly when or what the circumstances were. It seems like it was in mid to late winter, so maybe Feb 1995. It could have been Spring. I can't remember.

    What I do remember is that when the next phone bill arrived, the three of us were shocked to find Jason had racked up hundreds of dollars in charges to a 1-900 line for Dead Heads. It's funny now but we were pissed off at the time. Unfortunately I have no photos of Jason. G might though. I have my doubts. But G was the one who met him and brought him to live with us. They spent a lot of time together so he should be able to fill in more of the blanks. I friended him on FB but he hasn't responded yet to the message I sent. (GM: 1900 line would have been 1900-RUN-DEAD as per: https://archive.org/post/98595/anyon...r-900-run-dead. A line for fans to call and be provided with information about setlists of concerts.)

    Jason had a slight build and his hair looked sun bleached like he spent plenty of time at the beach. Reminded me of Jeff Spicoli from "Fast Times At Ridgemont High." His eyes were always slightly closed. He was baked a lot I think.

    I got a brief message from G this AM. He remembers Jason. I asked him to tell me Jason's last name and see if he has any photos of him.

    I can't promise our Jason is your GD, but I have a strong feeling from the sketches and the descriptions that it is.

    He was a lost hippie kid. We took him under our wings. M & I were older and both had an affection for Jason. I can't say exactly what G's relationship was to Jason.

    It didn't jump out at me at first. But then I remembered our Hippie kid was named Jason and I looked closer at those sketches... That nose, those eyes.

    The newer computer image doesn't look like him. They made him look too conventional/mainstream/awake.

    He talked like a soft-spoken surfer dude, although I think he could get quite animated.

    My sister says he had hair like Kurt Cobain.

    No recollection of Jason speaking about his family.

    He worked at McDonalds. Probably for enough dough to make rent and get high.

    I think he shroomed. (I asked if he was just a pot smoker)

    It's hard to believe someone could die in a car accident and absolutely no one who knew him would know.

    But, from what I remember of jason, it's not that hard to fathom.
    He very well could have been hitching a ride.

    While I'm waiting to hear from G for details, you might try searching Myrtle Beach area high school yearbooks from the early 90s. He may be in there."

    There you have it folks. I will continue to update as soon as I get information (no sleep tonight for me!)
    Incredible work. I will try to help with this new info.


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    Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

    "When from a long distant past nothing persists, after the people are dead, after things are broken and scattered, still alone, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long, long time like souls, ready to remind us, waiting, hoping for their moment amid the ruins of all the rest, and bear unfaltering in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence the vast structure of recollection."

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    Quote Originally Posted by los2188 View Post


    I know "Jay"

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    On March 23rd, 1995, The GD played in Charlotte, NC. Many who attended post here

    https://archive.org/details/gd95-03-...73.sbeok.flacf


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    Quote Originally Posted by GDFamily View Post
    I know "Jay"
    Please share your story



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    The guy in the photo which was updated is "Jay". We met this kid on tour in summer of 1995. "Jay" first came into contact with our crew when he was at a hotel. I can not remember what show. I started to talking to him about Kiawah island SC. He had family of was from SC area. I don't remember him being a wook or penniless. But he did have what seemed to be a terrible habit of interrupting you when you were talking. I do remember that. Jay stayed with us for one night and had no bags. My one buddy remembers a bit more. My other buddy has no recollection of any of this.
    Jay was a good dude but had no where to go. Looking back Im not convinced he was even onto the dead, but was just on tour.
    If tbis is "Jay" this whole saga makes perfect sense to me. He 100% had family or at least oeople in SC. He knew a ton about Kiawah and Charleston. I have no other information. You must understand these run ins were either late at night or at rest stops. One night he hung in our hotel.
    The memory of these days are hazy. But it is clear as day

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    With that said
    I have followed this story for along time. If this was Jay it would make sense. We knew that young man as Jay tho. Not Jason.

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    GD;

    Are you a Facebook user? Is there any chance I could get you to share more information over at the Facebook page dedicated to The Grateful Doe?

    Or possibly message me?

    This information was like fresh air.
    "If I knew the way, I would take you home..."

    Nearly 20 years without a name, Grateful Doe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greymetal View Post
    GD;

    Are you a Facebook user? Is there any chance I could get you to share more information over at the Facebook page dedicated to The Grateful Doe?

    Or possibly message me?

    This information was like fresh air.
    Yeah GD great info!!! Please get in touch with Greymetal!

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