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Essex County John Doe
EssexCJD
Sex Male
Race White
Location Newburyport, Massachusetts
Found November 28, 1992
Unidentified for 26 years
Postmortem interval 1 - 5 years
Body condition Skeletal
Age approximation 11-17
Height approximation 5'6 - 5'10
Weight approximation N/A
Cause of death Undetermined

Essex County John Doe was a preteen or teenage male whose skeletal remains were found in 1992 in Massachusetts.

Case

The victim was located in a wooded area off of highway 95, which runs across the entire East Coast of the United States. He may have been dead for a very long time, as it appeared as if the remains had been at the location for several years.

His age was determined by a forensic anthropologists via dental examinations. NamUS says that he was at least 11 but not older than 14, while other estimates place him between 13 and 17 years of age.

The decedent was suffering from a very painful impacted molar at the time of his death. Despite this, there was no evidence of him ever having received any sort of dental treatment. Investigators believe he was likely a runaway that may have come from any place, including Canada.

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