Live Oak Doe 1986


On July 10, 1986 an individual was found unresponsive on the sidewalk of the 2500 block of Wentworth Avenue near Live Oak Street on the south side of Houston, Texas. The individual was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead soon after arrival. Forensic investigators determined the deceased to be a Black male, 20 to 30 years old, 5’8”, weighing approximately 161 lbs. with short black hair and brown eyes. The deceased was wearing women’s jewelry and clothing over false breasts. This case was referred to the DNA Doe Project by the Trans Doe Task Force

NamUs ID: UP4241
Date Body Found: July 10, 1986
Race: Black/African American
Gender: Male
Estimated Age: 23-40
Estimated PMI: 1 minute
Location: Houston, TX

Agency of Jurisdiction
Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
Deborrah Pinto, Forensic Anthropologist
[email protected]

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Status: Identified
On January 22, 2021 DDP announced that, in cooperation with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston, Texas, Live Oak Doe 1986 has been identified. Details are being withheld at this time. We thank our volunteer researchers and all our donors who made this identification possible. We are grateful to the Trans Doe Task Force  for referring this case to us and for their support. Our deepest condolences go out to the family.

Image Credit:  Kim Parkhurst – Note: Approximation from post mortem photos

This case was partially funded by the DNA Doe Project’s generous donors.

Last Updated: February 9, 2024

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January 20, 2020