Hill Building John Doe 1985



On February 7th, 1985, the partially decomposed frozen remains of an individual were found on the second floor of the abandoned JJ Hill Building in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The deceased was determined to be a Caucasian male between 20-40 years old, approximately 5’ 11” and 180 pounds.  

The man had medium length brown hair and a brown beard and mustache. He was wearing multiple layers of clothing, including a green camouflage jacket and a white parka.  He also had on a red scarf, brown gloves, an orange hat and brown hiking boots.  A brown blanket and a  duffel bag containing additional clothing and a pair of sneakers were found nearby.   

The man may have been homeless.  His cause of death was due to exposure weeks to months prior to being discovered.

NamUs ID: UP12123

Date Body Found: 2/7/1985

Race: Caucasian

Sex: Male

Estimated Age: 20-40 years

Estimated PMI: weeks

Agency of Jurisdiction: 

Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office
Butch Huston
(651) 266-1700
[email protected]

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Status: Pre-Funding

Doe-Nate Fund Goal: $3,385


This case is part of DNA Doe Project’s pre-funding program. Once funds have been raised  for this case, the agency will ship their biological sample to the lab. Funds donated pay for expensive labwork and operational support of our volunteer team of investigative genetic genealogists. DNA Doe Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Last Updated: November 8, 2022

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November 8, 2022