Eaton County John Doe 2009


On May 4, 2009, a kayaker discovered a decomposed body lodged in a log jam in a secluded area of the Grand River in Lansing, Michigan. The man was believed to have died between the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009. He is believed to have been between the ages of 50 and 70, with short, gray hair. He was approximately 6’ tall and weighed between 180 and 200 lbs. A 10” scar extended vertically between his sternum and belly button. Authorities found a mesh abdominal insert, indicating he may have had surgery for a hernia.

He was wearing a long-sleeved thermal shirt, short-sleeved XXL shirt and a button-front shirt, size L. He also had on blue and red plaid boxer shorts, socks and black shoes, size 8.5, with Dr. Scholl brand inserts.

His cause of death is undetermined.

NamUs ID: UP5546

Date Body Found: May 4, 2009

Race: White

Gender: Male

Estimated Age: 50-70

Estimated PMI: months

Agency of Jurisdiction:

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office
Det/Sgt Elbert Sidel or Hanna Friedlander, Human Remains Analyst
(517) 543-3512 ext. 7959 / (517) 242-5731

More Information:

Status: Undergoing Testing

Image Credit: facial reconstruction included in public NamUS record

Last Updated: August 10, 2022

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August 10, 2022