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After more than three decades, a homicide victim's identity is discovered

After more than three decades, a homicide victim's identity is discovered


After more than 30 years, a “John Doe” murder victim found on a Kenosha County roadside has a name.

That identity of the 1988 homicide victim will be announced at a news conference today, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

The 1988 John Doe case is one of 14 cold case homicides on the Kenosha County files, the oldest from 1977, the newest from 2003.

It is one of two of those cases with a victim listed as “John Doe.”

Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall has made identifying John Doe victims a focus for her office, encouraging law enforcement and families of missing people to enter data with the federal Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) for Human Identification, and working with the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification to bring updated technology to old cases.

In past interviews, she said the 1988 case was a puzzle.

The man was found in March 1988, buried in a shallow grave in Pleasant Prairie.

A white man, he was believed to have been strangled to death about three months before his decomposing body was found.

“The very interesting part of this is his clothing,” Hall said in a 2017 interview.

While people who go unidentified in death often live on the margins of society, this man was wearing extremely expensive clothing, indicating he was wealthy.

When his body was found, he was wearing a Hermes sweater that would have retailed at the time of his death at $800 to $900, a shirt from the French fashion designer Ted Lapidus, and underwear labeled Saks Fifth Avenue.

The press conference announcing the identity begins at 10 a.m. today.

Crime Report (July 12-16)

Here are the crime stories published in the Kenosha News from July 12-16, 2019.


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