On April 5, 1988, the partial skeletal remains of a young white man were discovered buried in a remote desert wash area in Tucson, Arizona. The area is located south of Valencia Road near Ryan Airfield. Investigators estimated he died 1-2 years before being discovered.
This John Doe was was believed to to have been 17-18 years old and between 5’7” and 5’11” tall. He had medium length brown hair and an extra left cervical rib that may have caused him to experience pinched nerve symptoms.
Recovered with the remains were Levi’s brand 701 pants, size 30 x 32, that were rolled at the cuffs.
NamUs ID: UP7207
NCMEC ID: 1184116
Date Body Found: 4/5/1988
Estimated Age: 17-18 years
Estimated PMI: months to 2 years
Agency of Jurisdiction:
Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner
Image Credit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Doe-Nate Fund Goal: $4962
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Last Updated: April 6, 2023