Around 7:00 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2016 the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of a body on Highway 90 at Highway 433 near White Kitchen north of New Orleans.
An autopsy conducted by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office determined the badly decomposed body was that of a male approximately 5’10” tall and age 65 years or older. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head; the manner of death was homicide.
Due to the level of decomposition, the exact age and race were unable to be determined. The only distinguishable mark was a scar on the victim’s chest from a prior open-heart bypass surgery. The victim’s arms were missing, along with one of his legs just below the knee and were never recovered. It is possible the extremities were intentionally cut off to hide tattoos or prominent scars.
Evidence recovered at the scene indicate St. Tammany Parish John Doe or his assailant may have ties to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He could have been homeless or a transient. The initial death investigation was unsuccessful. In 2016 the victim’s DNA was sent to Parabon NanoLabs, which specializes in DNA phenotyping, which determined the deceased was a white male with fair skin, brown or hazel eyes, and dark brown hair. A sketch was developed.
Agency of Jurisdiction
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office
Detective Timothy Crabtree
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Research in progress
The DNA Doe Project needs YOUR help! Do you recognize St. Tammany Parish John Doe (2016) or have roots in any of the following locations? Do you have any of these surnames in your own family tree? Turkey
Locations: Alaçatı/Alatsata, Istanbul
Surnames: Samiotes, Vasilakis, Stamatakis, Charouhas & Pagavla
Locations: Andros, Piraeus, Alexandroupoli, Chios
Surnames: Roussas, Drougas & Thoma
Romania & Moldova
Location: Bucharest & Transylvania
Surnames: Luca & Pipa
Italy – Locana (Piedmont) & Veneto Region (Venice)
France – Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
He also has some matches with roots in England and Germany, and his highest match (38.8cMs) has family in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. All other matches are under 30cMs.
We believe that St Tammany Parish John Doe (2016) may have been a recent immigrant from Turkey or Greece, or that his parents may have immigrated. The matches that we have to work with are very distant and located in countries where the records are scarce, making this case one of our most challenging.
His ethnicity breakdown is as follows:
• 23% Eastern Mediterranean (East_Med): Croatia, the Balkan countries, Greece and Turkey, and Italy.
• 22% North Atlantic: Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Western Scandinavia, Northern Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium.
• 20% Western Mediterranean (West_Med): Monaco, Spain, France, and Italy
• 16% West Asian: Western sub-region of Asia, including the Caucasus.
• 15% Baltic: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
• 2% Red Sea: The Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez. Eastern shore: Saudi Arabia, Yemen. Western shore: Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, and Djibouti.
• 2% East Asian: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan.
If you are interested in helping, consider uploading your DNA kit to GEDmatch and/or FamilyTreeDNA but be sure to read the company’s TOS and be cognizant that uploading to a different database may produce unexpected results. Also, having a public family tree is extremely helpful but only share one if you feel comfortable doing so.
Please do NOT contact the agency with kit numbers or family history, ONLY with actual tips about John Doe himself. If you think you might be related, please know that we can see matches and will be able to see your kit if you are indeed a match to our Doe.
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Thank you so much for your attention and participation!
LSU FACES Laboratory
Last Updated: May 14, 2021