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San Mateo Doe 1983
Sex Male (gender unknown)
Race White
Location Half Moon Bay, California
Found November 26, 1983
Unidentified for 35 years
Postmortem interval Hours
Body condition Recognizable face
Age approximation 19-25
Height approximation 5'10
Weight approximation 140 pounds
Cause of death Strangulation
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This individual is pending identification and law enforcement has yet to confirm this status.

San Mateo County Doe (also known as Pillar Point Doe) was an individual found murdered in California in 1983. It is unknown if the victim was a drag queen or a transgender woman. The DNA Doe Project announced they took on the case in January 2019 and found a suitable match by October.


The victim was discovered not long after death on a beach in Half Moon Bay, California. The victim had been beaten, stabbed and strangled. Additionally, the wrists had been slashed.

Investigators theorize the victim may have been picked up in a San Francisco neighborhood by a group of individuals who may have attacked once they discovered the individual was not a cisgender woman.

Two men were identified as persons of interest in the case but were never charged due to lack of evidence.


The DNA Doe Project announced on October 8, 2019 that they had tentatively identified the victim and are awaiting confirmation from law enforcement.[1]


  • The victim had hazel eyes
  • Brown hair, cut short

Clothing and accessories

  • Light yellow jacket
  • Maroon turtleneck with multi-color stripes
  • Beige bra
  • Sponges to simulate breasts
  • Yellow Capri pants (also known as "Clam Diggers")
  • Blue stockings made from nylon material
  • Brown pantyhose
  • Blue bikini underwear
  • Beige lace underwear
  • Silver-colored chain with cross pendant
  • Two silver-colored rings



  1. DDP announcement
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