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Volusia County John Doe
NCMU1224409c1
Sex Male
Race White
Location Daytona, Florida
Found May 7, 1972
Unidentified for 47 years
Postmortem interval 3-4 days
Body condition Decomposed
Age approximation 11-14
Height approximation 5'2
Weight approximation 110-120 pounds
Cause of death Stabbing

Volusia County John Doe was a child or teenager who was discovered murdered in Daytona, Florida.

Case

The badly decomposed body of a young male was found floating in a pond. The victim had been stabbed to death a few days prior to being discovered, and his body showed evidence of "violent trauma". Additionally, his pants had also been removed from his body and were hanging off of one of his legs, suggesting a sexual assault, but this was never confirmed.

The decedent was originally thought to have been about 20 years old, but findings in a 2013 exhumation of his remains indicated that he was much younger than what was initially estimated, most likely in his early teens.

The body was too decomposed to retrieve fingerprints, despite attempts to do so by the FBI. There was also insufficient DNA available for profiling.

Clothing and personal effects

  • Maroon red/white striped pullover shirt
  • Blue denim jacket (sleeve length 32)
  • Purple and gray tweed pants
  • Brown dress socks
  • One black loafer (size 8)
  • $6.17 and a black leather wallet were found in his pockets.
  • A green Schwinn bicycle stolen on May 3 from nearby New Smyrna was found near his body.

Distinguishing characteristics

  • Brown hair
  • Eye color might be brown
  • Shaved pubic area
  • Benign bone tumor in right leg
  • Fusing in foot bones due to congenital condition; would not have produced symptoms
  • His teeth were in perfect condition. Additionally, all 32 teeth were present, including his wisdom teeth, which is not common in preteens.

Theories

  • He may have originated from a juvenile detention center located a few miles from the recovery scene.
  • His original reconstruction and initial age estimate imply that he may have appeared significantly older than his actual age, although severe decomposition rendered the body unrecognizable.
  • He may have been a sex worker.

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