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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    El Segundo, California

    FL - Jacksonville, WhtMale 1616UMFL, 22-48, suicide by zip gun, Nov'99

    The Doe Network:
    Hot Case 1452
    NamUs UP Case 745 https://identifyus.org/cases/745

    Unidentified White Male

    * The victim was discovered on November 28, 1999 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
    * State of Remains: Partial Skeleton
    * An intraoral gunshot wound is present in the cranium

    Vital Statistics

    * Estimated age: 22-48 years old
    * Approximate Height and Weight: 5'9".
    * Distinguishing Characteristics: Fracturing of the cranium is consistent with an intraoral gunshot wound; a sternal foramen is present, located 10 cm from the manubriosternal junction.
    * Clothing: Green shorts; shirt remnant; sandals.
    * Fingerprints: Not available
    * Dentals: Sliver amalgam restoration on #3, 18, 19, 30, 31; postmortem dental radiographs are available.
    * DNA: Available - University of North Texas.

    Case History
    The victim was discovered adjacent to a small clearing in a wooded area at 10014 Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida on November 28, 1999.
    Remains were discovered by two transients who had entered the woods to smoke; they noticed the remains after moving some old tires to sit on.
    Found in association with the remains were two live shotgun shells, one spent shell, and a zip-gun constructed of PVC piping. Embedded in the dirt against the maxilla was a piece of plastic which appeared to be shotgun shell wadding.
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 04-03-2013 at 03:37 AM. Reason: updated link

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    El Segundo, California
    This one looks good on resemblance, as well as age and timeline:

    John Leslie Welty

    The height is a little off (FWIW).
    Last edited by CarlK90245; 10-12-2012 at 06:53 PM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Major issue is distance and method of death.

    Davie, FL is 325 miles from Jacksonville. If John were taken there and killed, the method of death seems odd - a staged suicide with an unhidden body seems too elaborate for a drugs murder. If he killed himself, why go so far to do it? As a drug user would he have had the ability to do so?

    None of that is necessarily inconsistent of course. 2" on skeletal remains seems less of a problem to me.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    It certainly looks like a good match. It mentions the UID was wearing sandals... I personally wouldn't wear sandals into a wooded area. He could have been forced at gun point. If John was abusing drugs there's a good chance he was involved with some shifty people. A gunshot to the head for some outstanding cash perhaps doesn't sound too far fetched.

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