Franklin Co John Doe 2006


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

Race: Caucasian

Gender: Male

Estimated Age: 30-50

Estimated PMI: 4 months

Agency of Jurisdiction: 

Franklin County Coroner’s Office
Curtis Thomas
(614) 525-5290
[email protected]

More Information:

Status: Identified

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

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August 3, 2022