On March 30, 2006, the partially decomposed body of an adult Caucasian male was discovered draped over a tree trunk in the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. He is believed to have died approximately 4 months prior. The manner of death could not be determined. The man was estimated to be 30-50 years old, between 5’5” and 6’0” tall and approximately 100-120 lbs. He had brown hair and a mustache and was found wearing white Converse socks.
NamUs ID: UP263
Date Body Found: 3/30/2006
Estimated Age: 30-50
Estimated PMI: 4 months
Agency of Jurisdiction:
Franklin County Coroner’s Office
On May 23, 2023, the Ohio Attorney General’s office announced the successful identification of Randy Raines, originally from Indiana. Here is an excerpt from their press release:
“In 2022, the Franklin County Coroner’s Office enlisted the help of the DNA Doe Project, a non-profit initiative that uses investigative genetic genealogy to identify human remains. The organization uses crowd-funding to cover the cost of advanced DNA extraction and genealogy work. Over the next several months, additional testing occurred and a potential identity was developed.
In March 2023, a sample from the John Doe’s brother was collected for DNA analysis and BCI completed a successful comparison, identifying the unknown individual as Randy Raines.”
Image Credit: police artist KLM
Doe-Nate Fund Goal: $3,980 (initial testing failed to produce a DNA sample from a contaminated blood sample; this goal represents the addition of testing to start again from bone)
This case was fully funded by our generous donors.
Last Updated: May 25, 2023