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  1. #1
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    CO - Lake Co., WhtMale 2530UMCO, 18-30, Hwy 82, covered by rockfall, Jun'70

    NamUs #10738
    Doe Network Case#2530

    Date of Discovery: June 19, 1970
    Location of Discovery: Twin Lakes, Lake County, Colorado
    Estimated Date of Death: 1969 to 1970
    State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
    Cause of Death: Unknown

    Estimated Age: 18-30 years old
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Height: 5'6" to 5'8"
    Weight: 120-150 lbs.
    Hair Color: Brown, possibly dark.
    Eye Color: Unknown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
    Dentals: Available. [Per newspaper report from the time, teeth were in good condition with gold/platinum fillings. Available will be entered later per NamUs]
    Fingerprints: Not available. [Available elsewhere, per NamUs]
    DNA: Not available. [Submitted, Tests Complete per NamUs]

    Clothing: According to a newspaper report - Tattered sweatshirt, gray trousers, three pairs of socks, and tennis or hiking shoes (possibly jungle boots) with an unworn sock over the left shoe. Sheriff's report states he was wearing a pair of light-colored wash and wear pants, a sweatshirt and a pair of black loafers.
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: According to the Sheriff's report he had seven dollars and a razor in his pocket.

    Two men hiking two miles east of Independence Pass Summit discovered the victim's decomposed remains in a ditch alongside the road. [This is a pretty remote location, he was found at least 11,000-11,400 ft+ from what I can tell on a topo map. Close towns include Twin Lakes (and Twin Lakes Reservoir), Aspen and Leadville. The pass is one of the highest in Colorado and the nation and closes in the winter. It had just been paved in 1967 and although there was a kind of a population boom in the area at the time with increased tourism and mining, you're still talking well under 20,000 people living in either Lake or neighboring Pitkin county around that time. There is very good fishing at nearby Twin Lakes Reservoir and the various nearby rivers and creeks, and of course the area is famous for skiing, hiking, 14ers, etc.] The torso was covered by a rockfall. He was missing his left arm. It is possible that his arm was removed by a snowplow, however it was not determined whether or not the arm injury occured anti-mortem [sic] or post-mortem. [A newspaper article mentions his left sleeve was rolled up and that investigators were considering the possibility it was an amputation/antemortem, but it also mentions the rib cage was missing.]

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    That's an odd detail about the sock over the left shoe, too.
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    Wearing socks over boots/shoes is a pretty well-known trick to gain a little more traction over ice. That's all I can think of, other than perhaps his feet were cold and he happened to have several pairs of socks, and could only fit three pairs inside and one pair out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucidtx View Post
    Wearing socks over boots/shoes is a pretty well-known trick to gain a little more traction over ice. That's all I can think of, other than perhaps his feet were cold and he happened to have several pairs of socks, and could only fit three pairs inside and one pair out...
    Yeah, and that makes it sound like he died in the winter, but the rest of his clothes aren't suitable for winter wear, especially at that altitude.
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    Maybe it was more like spring? Snow and ice linger in spots up there for quite a long time. Or his lack of proper clothing could have even played a role in his death depending on the time of year.

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    I wonder what the weather was like that winter and spring. If he thought it was spring and got caught in a storm, that could have been fatal.

    Something about him sounds California to me, though nothing I could put my finger on.
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    A new article on this case....

    http://www.aspentimes.com/news/21335...ndence-pass-in

    Cold Case: Body found on Independence Pass in 1970 still unidentified

    Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in Leadville’s Herald Democrat.

    Two young men walking east from the summit of Independence Pass on June 19, 1970, discovered the decomposed body of a white male lying in a ditch on the north side of the road about 2 miles from the top of the pass. It was partially covered with rocks that had fallen from the slope above.

    There was no identification on the body, and to this day, the Independence Pass John Doe remains nameless. Yet it is more likely now than ever before that his family might be found, thanks to DNA.

    According to a story in the June 22, 1970, Herald Democrat, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said the body appeared to be that of a person in his early 20s, 5’7” to 5’8” in height. The entire left arm and rib cage of the body was missing.

    ...

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    I just saw the article c taylor posted. According to the article the loss of the arm and ribcage was postmortem.

    Hopefully he will be id'd soon.
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