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Weld County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner seeking information about John Doe cold case

Posted on 07/23/2020

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office and the Weld County Coroner’s Office are requesting the public’s assistance identifying a John Doe discovered in December 2018 near Fort Lupton.

Skeletal remains were found on Dec. 7, 2018, several yards from the South Platte River near U.S. 85 and Colo. 52. The remains belong to a Caucasian man, age 45 to 65 years old, who was 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall.

The John Doe was wearing a Colorado Division of Water Resources baseball hat at the time of his death. Division of Water Resources officials have been contacted by law enforcement and they have cooperated with the investigation. Unfortunately, the information provided didn’t lead to a positive identification of our John Doe.

It is believed the man was a transient and that he died in 2016 or earlier. The man’s identifying information has been entered in NamUs, a national clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified and unclaimed person cases throughout the United States.

An artistic reconstruction of John Doe’s face was recently completed using the man’s skeletal remains. There was no hair recovered when the man was discovered, so hair color is unknown.

John Doe had the following items on or near his person when his remains were discovered:

  • A 1/2-inch long rubber chicken.

  • A black and white, heart-shaped stone charm approximately 1 inch in diameter.

  • Kirkland brand blue jeans.

  • Black Hanes boxer briefs.

  • Black, extra-large Paradox windbreaker jacket and pants.

  • Size 12, men’s Keens brown and grey hiking boots.

  • Gray hiking socks.

  • A green, grey and orange backpack.

  • A worn Colorado Division of Water Resources baseball cap.

  • A black, 2004 or older Toyota car key in a black, Swiss Gear wallet.

  • A Buck folding pocketknife.

  • A Red, Ezred LED flashlight.

  • Black and silver wire rim sunglasses.

  • Computer cables for connecting antiquated computer equipment.

Anyone who thinks they might know this John Doe is asked to call Det. Dayle Rosebrock (970) 400-2889 or Cold Case Det. Byron Kastilahn (970) 400-2827 or Chief Deputy Coroner Joey Weiner at (970) 400-4990.