Luce County John Doe 1987

Luce County John Doe 1987

On October 24, 1987 bird hunters found human remains in a remote wooded area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a bit south of Lake Superior, north of Newberry in McMillan Township, Luce County. While the remains were mostly skeletal, military-style, but not military issue, clothing was found on the body, including camouflage jacket, pants, green camouflage t-shirt, green belt, green wool socks, and black combat-style boots. MSU forensic anthropologists determined the remains were that of a White/Caucasian male, 20-35 years old, about 5’8” tall with short, reddish brown/auburn hair. Years previous to his death the deceased had sustained an injury which required a metal rod to mend a broken leg. No cause or manner of death could be determined, but the case has been classified as a homicide. The man could have died four months to 2 years prior to being found.

NamUs ID: UP6754
Date Body Found: October 24, 1987
Race: White/Caucasian
Gender: Male
Estimated Age: 20-35
Estimated PMI: Up to 2 years
Location: McMillan Township. MI

Agency of Jurisdiction
Michigan State Police
Eric Johnson and Rachel Olesen
[email protected]

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Status: Research in Progress

Image Credit: Ruth Davis, Michigan State University

Last Updated: December 15, 2023

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July 25, 2021