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  1. #1
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    Nov 2015

    CT - Norwalk, WhtMale UP8976, 20-40, off Shea Island, below average height, Apr'96

    I realized there wasn't a thread for this guy either. This year marks the 20th anniversary.

    NamUs: https://identifyus.org/en/cases/8976

    Norwalk Police PDF: http://www.norwalkct.org/DocumentCenter/View/5571

    CASE: 96-17303

    CASE TYPE: Unidentified Male Body

    DATE: 4-18-1996

    LOCATION: Shea Island -- North Shore

    VICTIM: Unidentified White Male. Approximately 20 years of age, 5’1’’-5’2’’, 110lbs. Unknown hair or eye color.

    SUMMARY: The victim was found floating along the north shore of Shea Island in Norwalk Harbor. Autopsy showed no definitive signs of trauma and cause of death undetermined due to condition of the body. No facial identification possible. It is estimated that the body was in the water for 8-10 months. Only the index and middle fingers of the right hand had prints, which were sent to CT, NY, and FBI AFIS. No match found.

    CONTACT: Cold Case Unit – 203-854-3028

    Anonymous Tip-Line (203)-854-3111

    Text: to CRIMES (274637) and”NPD” with info in text.


    Age wise, I find it weird that he's 20-40 in NamUs but only "approx. 20" on the PDF. No dentals, no DNA, only a few fingerprints. There's no recon, or hair color/eye color. He seems very short for his gender/age.

    He only has one rule out on NamUs, he was last updated in 2011:

    George Tonsgard 1927 Alaska

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Looks like he actually had an article written about him recently!


    The remains were badly decomposed and partially skeletonized with no clothing attached. No facial identification was possible. The body was removed from Shea Island and transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. The John Doe was identified as an adult, white male, 5’ 1” tall, between the age of 20-30 years old. No dental charting could be completed since several front teeth were missing postmortem.
    Explains the lack of dentals, though I would think they would just put the remaining teeth in and hope that's enough...

    And it looks like DNA will be processed soon! Hopefully it'll be put in NamUs/CODIS.

    Also, another age range that's different.
    Last edited by rats; 07-09-2016 at 09:10 PM. Reason: Adding part of the article

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    A DNA profile is now available, hopefully this will lead to an identification:

    They say the state lab was recently able to develop a complete DNA profile from hairs recovered from the scene. The profile has now been loaded into the Connecticut and national databases.

    Officials are asking anyone in the tristate area around the Long Island Sound who had a family member go missing in 1995 or early 1996 to contact their local police agency and submit a DNA sample.

    "It's a simple process of just a little cheek swab to get a buccal swab that could then be entered into the CODIS system and compared against this individual," Lt. Arthur Weisgerber says.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Oh I'm so glad that the DNA profile is available now. I've always wondered if the adult designation was a mistake and he was actually a teen or younger, given the estimated height and weight. Fingers crossed for a match!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    So happy that he now has DNA in the system! Hopefully people report their loved ones missing so that he can come home.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Los Angeles
    Some possibilities...

    Jamie Lusher
    16 years old, 5'2", 110 lbs
    Missing from Westfield, MA (103 miles away) since 11/6/92

    John Barboza
    20 years old, 5'2", 120 lbs
    Missing from Lawrence, MA (180 miles away) since 1/21/87

    Leon Corriveau
    20 years old, 5' - 5'6", 140 - 160 lbs
    Missing from West Springfield, MA (96 miles away) since 6/10/86

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