MI MI - Lenawee County John Doe 1997, UP8975, no head or hands found

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  1. Liv27

    Liv27 Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone. This is a new DNA Doe Project case. They call him Lenawee County John Doe 1997. He is currently in sequencing.

    Here is his NamUs link: The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

    Per a witness the victim's name is possibly ROBERTO. He was married with children and had a house where he raised chickens between McAllen and Weslaco, Texas. When "Roberto" left home, he was supposed to be traveling only to Chicago and then back.

    There is a drawing based on the witness's description, not the remains. There was no head found with the body so no reconstruction based off of the remains.

    Presumed Homicide.
     


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    Gardener1850 Timeline Guru (Still Remembering Cupcake)

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    JovanSrna Well-Known Member

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    Oddly specific and abundant information on this one.
    A name, information on family, housing with a specific location and domestic activities.
    McAllen and Weslaco, Texas are some 20 minute drive apart it seems.
    Distance between Weslaco, TX and McAllen, TX
    The area does look like it's packed with people though.
     
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    Gardener1850 Timeline Guru (Still Remembering Cupcake)

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    There are 4 men named Roberto that went missing before 1997:
    The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
    The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
    The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
    The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
    I'm guessing they have already looked at those.. Although, maybe not, since none of these Robertos are missing from Texas. The first one above seems to fit the most-- same height and right age range but missing from California, not Texas:
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Roberto Mercado Sylva
    Height 5' 8" (68 Inches)
    Weight 150 lbs
    The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

    He even has a side part in his hair in the same side as the sketch....
     
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    JovanSrna Well-Known Member

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    Have they been ruled out ?
     
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    JovanSrna Well-Known Member

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    This decedent had no tattoos according to NamUs.
    Roberto Mercado Sylva had a scar on the abdomen according to his NamUs profile.
     
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  7. Liv27

    Liv27 Well-Known Member

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    He was a little bit decomposed. Maybe they could have missed the scar and thought it was something else?
     
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    Quite possible, or perhaps missed entirely. Some scars nicely blend with the rest of the skin.
    I also noticed the description of the decedent as light skinned. I wouldn't describe Mr Sylva as light skinned myself.
     
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    According to the DNA Doe Project Facebook page, his DNA has been uploaded to GEDmatch.
     
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    First week on their results spreadsheet was in late July 2020, with a small number of low-low-level matches.
     
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    His Admixture,very mixed typical for Hispanic person
     

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    doggybag2355 Well-Known Member

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    I feel like I may have found a potential identity for Mr. Roberto

    Mitchell Adolfo Zepedo – The Charley Project

    Mitchell Zepedo was 24 years old, was last seen in September of 1997, and was travelling from Lyons, IL to Traverse City, Michigan. And he bears quite a resemblance to the witness sketch.

    Lenawee County is still about 3 - 4 hours away from his trip, and where his car was found in Berwyn, Illinois, but its not completely impossible for someone to have taken his body there considering how far Marcia Batemann was found from Oklahoma City.
     
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    JovanSrna Well-Known Member

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    Zepedo has fair skin and we know quite a lot about him. Age and height check out. The weight is a bit off but that's one of the flexible categories anyway. The time period looks good too. I wonder how accurate those witness stories about a man from Texas are. Zepedo did use an alias, he could have used another one and switched some details around. A family in Mexico becomes a family in Texas. Mitchell becomes Roberto and so on. Maybe he had some private business he wanted to keep strictly confidential and it cost him his life. Is he on the list of exclusions?
     
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    doggybag2355 Well-Known Member

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    He isn't. I recently updated the UID wiki DNA Doe Project pages with NamUs exclusions, and the only exclusions are James Cooper and Robert Villareal.
     
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    JovanSrna Well-Known Member

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    Will you be contacting the listed agencies?
     
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    Ill try to get in contact with agencies soon, I've already contacted Margaret Press with the DDP, she's usually very fast with responses.
     
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    Got in contact with the case manager for Mitchell Zepedo, and he said I'll be hearing from him again soon.
     
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    Here's Mitchell's picture for comparison: [​IMG]
     
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