Metson Lake John Doe 2021

On June 21, 2021 a groundskeeper, while clearing ground cover, discovered a human body close to a trail on the southeast side of Metson Lake in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. The White/Caucasian male was lying on a blanket and sleeping bag, surrounded by trash and miscellaneous items.  The man was wearing a tank top, dark jeans, underwear, and leggings. A small partial can of chewing tobacco was located in his rear pants pocket. During the autopsy the San Francisco Chief Medical Examiner estimated the man to be about 45 years old. There was no evidence of trauma on the body. Based on the condition of the body authorities estimate the man had died weeks before being found, earlier in 2021.

Case #: 2021-0808
Date Body Found:
June 21, 2021
Race: White
Gender: Male
Estimated Age: 45
Estimated PMI: weeks
Location: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Agency of Jurisdiction
San Francisco Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Thomas McDonald
[email protected]

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Status: Research in Progress

Image Credit: composite by Jack Friess; original photo by Lisa Louis

Last Updated: August 4, 2022

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July 19, 2022