James Paul Freund (September 16, 1946 - August 9, 1976), known as "Jock Doe" while unidentified, was a young man who was shot to death on the morning of August 9, 1976. His companion, Pamela Buckley was found near his body, also shot.
In September 2020, he and his companion's DNA was successfully extracted and genealogical research began by the DNA Doe Project. On January 19, it was announced that he and his companion were identified, and they declined to release additional details.
It was later confirmed that both individuals were Americans who likely became acquainted as they hitchhiked. This victim was originally from Pennsylvania and was reported missing in 1975; his companion was also reported missing in 1975, but out of Colorado Springs.
Freund was found murdered, shot three times by unknown assailants. It is believed that the vehicle he was driving was hijacked and the pair were then murdered.
James was seen alive with his female companion and befriended a man who he played pool with. The unidentified man stated his name was "Jock," most likely "Jacques," and was traveling with his girlfriend after being disowned by his father for not pursuing a career in the medical field.
Both victims had a significant amount of dental work, indicating they were upper-class. Both were well groomed and are believed to have traveled through various states, as the female wore jewelry that appeared to be handmade by Native Americans.
During his autopsy and dental examination, it was believed that he had participated in contact sports, such as football and basketball in life, possibly in school or college. His age was estimated to have been between 20-22, although the dental examiner believed he was over 27.
- Brown hair.
- Brown eyes.
- Four-inch linear surgical scar on lower right abdomen.
- Various scars on his back and shoulders.
Clothing and accessories
- Levi brand blue jeans.
- Red T-shirt with the text "Coors: America's Light Beer" on the front and "Camel Challenger G-T Sebring '75" on the back and a Snoopy design.
- Bulova Accutron watch with a Twist-o-Flex band.
- 14K gold ring Florentine finnish gray or linde star sapphire with "JPF" engraved.
- Grant's Truck Stop matches.
- Freund's case was depicted on the season 7, episode 14 of Unsolved Mysteries in 1995, alongside his companion, Holly Glynn, and Andrea Kuiper.
- James Freund on Wikipedia
- James Freund at the Doe Network
- James Freund at the DNA Doe Project
- The Sumter Item
- Sumter County Sheriff's Office Press Conference; January 21, 2021
- This birthdate has yet to be confirmed by reliable sources.