John Clinton Doe

John Clinton Doe

John Clinton Doe or JCD is the name given to an unidentified teen found by hunters on November 26, 1995 in a remote wooded area along Turtle Creek in Bradford Township, Rock County, near Clinton, Wisconsin.  The 97% decomposed skeleton was discovered fully clothed with distinctive, age-appropriate clothing. He lay on its stomach, arms up over his head, with a plaid flannel jacket over his back and head. He had on a black Venom heavy metal concert T-shirt and city camo pants.  One black 1994 Nike Air Bound basketball shoe lay beside the remains.

During the initial autopsy in 1995 the skeleton was examined by a forensic anthropologist and determined to be a Caucasian male, 17-20 years old who stood approximately 5’6” tall and weighed approximately 140 pounds.  He had long, straight, collar-length brown hair.

It was estimated that the young male had been deceased for approximately one year, placing his time of death during the fall/winter of 1994.  The official cause and manner of death are undetermined.  Investigators theorize the teen passed out or went to sleep and was overcome by hypothermia.

Stable isotope analysis conducted in 2014 on bone material revealed JCD had spent much of his growing up years in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, or Michigan, reinforcing beliefs he had been living in the area where he was found.

Agency of Jurisdiction
Rock County Sheriff’s Office
Captain Todd Christiansen
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DDP Status
John Clinton Doe has been tentatively identified.  Officials have declined to release any further information. Thank you to all who contributed to his testing costs.

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Last Updated: June 16, 2021

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September 24, 2018