Trabuco Canyon John Doe 1996

Trabuco Canyon John Doe 1996 new

On December 13, 1996 human skeletal remains were discovered in a creek bed in a remote wilderness area off Trabuco Creek Road northeast of O’Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon, Orange County, California. Due to the state of decomposition forensic investigators estimate the deceased died 6-18 months prior. A forensic anthropologist evaluation indicated the remains to be that of a young Caucasian or Hispanic man between 15 and 19 years old with a small build of 5’6” tall and 145 pounds. More recent DNA analysis indicates the young man to be Hispanic, likely with some indigenous ancestry. There were no signs on the skeleton of foul play, so the cause and manner of death were officially classified as undetermined.

NamUs ID: UP7686
Date Body Found: December 13, 1996
Race: Hispanic/Latino
Gender: Male
Estimated Age: Adult – 15-19
Estimated PMI: 6-18 months
Location: Trabuco Canyon, CA

Agency of Jurisdiction
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division
Bob Taft and Kelly Keyes
714-245-8349 or 714-647-7426
[email protected] or [email protected]

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Status: Research in Progress

Image Credit: Carl Koppelman

Last Updated: December 8, 2021

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March 8, 2020