Allegan Co John Doe 2014

Man on beach unknown

On July 31, 2014 a jogger running along the Lake Michigan shoreline near Pier Cove discovered a maxilla (jaw bone) on the beach in Ganges Township, just south of West Side County Park, Saugatuck, Michigan. The bone, which had washed up onto the beach, contained three teeth of which two had fillings. The bone was well weathered and deteriorated, as if it had been exposed to the elements and in the water for some time. Forensic scientists could only determine the jaw came from a male between the ages of 18-99. DNA taken from the bone was uploaded to the FBI’s National Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), but there was no match.

NamUs ID: UP12886
Date Body Found: July 31, 2014
Race: Uncertain
Gender: Male
Estimated Age: 18-99
Estimated PMI: Unknown
Location: Saugatuck, MI

Agency of Jurisdiction
Michigan State Police, Special Investigation Section
Scott Ernstes, Detective Sergeant
[email protected]

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Status: Research in progress

Image Credits: Pier Cove Creek Mouth at Lake Michigan 2.0″ by Michelle Calkins; Image compiled by Jack Friess, DNA Doe Project

Last Updated: October 26, 2020

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December 14, 2019