Redbud Trail John Doe 1998



On May 27, 1998, an employee of the local water treatment plant was driving near Redbud Trail in Austin, Texas, when he discovered the body of a man hanging from a tree. The trail is a half mile loop popular with hikers located near caves that were often inhabited by people experiencing homelessness.  

The man was Caucasian, and estimated to be between 20-35 years old, approximately 6’ tall and 150-155 pounds. He had hazel eyes, slightly wavy brown hair and a full beard and mustache. His dental work had been extensive. Scars were also present on the inside of both wrists.  

He was discovered wearing a green dress shirt, black Dockers pants, a camouflage hat, brown belt and black Nike sneakers. He was also wearing a Timex watch with a broken band. Other items recovered near the body included eyeglasses, a Bible, a black flashlight and a 10-speed bicycle.   

His cause of death was determined to be suicide by hanging.

NamUs ID: UP8560

Date Body Found: 5/27/1998

Race: White/Caucasian

Sex: Male

Estimated Age: 20-35

Estimated PMI: 24 hours

Agency of Jurisdiction: 

Travis County Medical Examiners Office
Sandra Call

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Image Credit: 

Texas Department of Public Safety

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Last Updated: April 6, 2023

Posted on

March 10, 2023