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    CO - Mesa Co., Hisp/NtvAm Male, 20-40, May'15 - Janitzio Diaz Panigua

    Do you know this man? Mesa seeks ID of dead person

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    Investigators and the Mesa County coroner are asking law enforcement agencies nationwide for help in trying to identify the body. The man was found in a canal in the area of 14 and P Roads, Loma.

    Investigator Pete Burg told the Post Independent in an email that the man was believed to have been in the Glenwood Springs area in the past month and used the RFTA bus system.
    Details about UID from the article:
    • 20 - 40 yo
    • 5'10" tall, ~175lbs
    • dark brown/black hair that is 12" long
    • both ears pierced
    • Tattoos on his back: the names Alex, Clara and Janitzio, a grim reaper, and an image of Jesus
    • Other tattoos: barbed wire tattoo on left wrist, small tattoo on left ring finger


    Photo is from a cell found with the body. It is thought to be a selfie.

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    Can anyone read the shirt he's wearing in the selfie? I'm 99.9999% sure that's a marijuana leaf and I know there's a letter I, but I can't make out the rest.

    ETA: No wait, I think I got it. If you flip the picture over the shirt looks like it says "I <3 CO" (I <3 Colorado but with a marijuana leaf instead of a heart).

    ETA again: Found the shirt!!!


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    I wonder why LE can't ID him when they have his phone.

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    Janitzio is a small island in Patzcuaro Lake in the southern state of Michoacan, Mexico.

    Also seems to be used as a rather uncommon first name (male).

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    Quote Originally Posted by annemc2 View Post
    Janitzio is a small island in Patzcuaro Lake in the southern state of Michoacan, Mexico.

    Also seems to be used as a rather uncommon first name (male).
    Based on the pic and the context of that name I am thinking maybe our UID Hispanic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyseven View Post
    Based on the pic and the context of that name I am thinking maybe our UID Hispanic?
    My first thought when looking at the pic was that he looks Native American.

    On NamUs it actually says in the 'Physical/Medical' section that he's believed to be either Hispanic or Native American, so you're probably right.

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    I thought the barbed wire tattoo might mean that this UID has spent time in jail, but I found that it can have other meanings too: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/barbe...o-meaning.html
    A barbed wire tattoo can also be a symbol of Jesus' suffering and is thus a sign of faith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethalmatthew View Post
    I thought the barbed wire tattoo might mean that this UID has spent time in jail, but I found that it can have other meanings too: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/barbe...o-meaning.html
    A barbed wire tattoo can also be a symbol of Jesus' suffering and is thus a sign of faith.
    That seems more likely, considering the tattoo on his back of Jesus wearing the crown of thorns.

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    If he had spent time in jail they would have found his fingerprints. Since they apparently did not have his prints in the database, he is not in the system.
    “Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn


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    Quote Originally Posted by ebonydarkness View Post
    I wonder why LE can't ID him when they have his phone.
    That does seem odd. They should be able to dial any of the numbers in his contact list and find someone who knows/recognizes him.
    “Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn

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    At least on my phone I can choose to save contacts on the memory card or the phone itself, or both.

    If his system was similar and the phone was in the canal with him, maybe the photo was on a separate memory card that was able to be salvaged but the contact list was stored on the phone itself and didn't survive the contact with water?

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    Since this is directly from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office facebook, I believe I am allowed to quote this post from the administrator of the Sheriff's Office facebook:

    "Thank you everyone who is sharing this photo. The track phone on him didn't provide other leads as to his identity, except this picture and a few other pictures that lead us to believe he spent time in the Glenwood Springs area. But, it's unclear what connection he may have with up-valley. It's possible someone was working with him and simply believes he walked off the job. It's also possible that he doesn't have ties or family to this area. We are hoping someone on the Western Slope recognizes him from somewhere or knows his name. Our focus is making a positive ID on him and connecting with his family."
    "May 18 at 8:05PM"

    https://www.facebook.com/Mesacountys...%3A%22R9%22%7D

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    He has been identified, they will release the name when they've notified the family

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beamie View Post
    He has been identified, they will release the name when they've notified the family
    https://www.facebook.com/Mesacountys...%3A%22R9%22%7D

    "Mesa County Sheriff's Office":
    "Thank you to everyone who shared this image. We were able to identify this man, contact his family and now are working with the Mesa County Coroner to complete this death investigation.
    We are doubtful that without all your help and the power of social media we would have been able to identify him, at least this quickly."

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