John Clinton Doe
John Clinton Doe, or JCD as he has been dubbed, was discovered on November 26, 1995 by a group of hunters on their private property near Clinton, WI. The remains were almost completely skeletonized and therefore, unrecognizable. John Clinton Doe lay on his stomach with his hands stretched over his head. The flannel jacket he had been wearing was covering his neck and head. No foul pay is suspected and the cause of death is undetermined. The especially sad part, JCD was determined to be 17-20 years old and has been unidentified for the last 23 years.
John Clinton Doe was discovered alongside Turtle Creek in a secluded wooded area. He was found 4 feet from the barbed wire fence on the property line and 10 feet from the creek, on a steep embankment. Investigators believe he could’ve come from Carver Roehl Park, less than a mile from where the remains were discovered. This park was supposedly ‘the’ place for teenagers and young adults to drink alcohol and do drugs in the 1990s.
Original analysis determined he died in the fall or winter of 1994. More recent scientific calculations of the ‘minimal post mortem interval’ (the time between time of death and when the remains are discovered) indicate he was deceased for at least 5 months prior to his discovery, putting the time of death as late as May of 1995. The cause and manor of death has not been determined. It is theorized JCD fell asleep or passed out and succumbed to hypothermia. John Clinton Doe’s hair was tested for drugs and was found to have no traces of cocaine, codeine, or morphine; thus ruling out a long-term opioid addiction. This does not rule out the possibility of him being intoxicated or having taking hallucinogenic drugs prior to death.
The Initial autopsy of John Clinton Doe was conducted in 1995, upon discovery of his remains. A forensic Anthropologist determined JCD was a Caucasian male who was 17-20 years of age. He was approximately 5’6 and weighed approximately 140 lbs. He had long-straight brown hair that went down to his shoulders. John Clinton Doe had received good dental care prior to his death, only having received 1-2 fillings. His wisdom teeth had not yet been removed, 1 being impacted and 2 having partially erupted.
Over the years, 3 different facial ‘approximations’ have been released to the public in hopes of someone recognizing John Clinton Doe. The first sketch was done in 2013 and is currently considered inaccurate. The 2nd was released in 2014 by the FBI. It illustrates a 20 year old young-man with shoulder length hair and high cheek-bones. This image is considered more accurate. In February 2016, the 3rd sketch was released and this one, also completed by the FBI, is an age-regression image of the 2nd sketch to when the boy was a 16 year old teen.
John Clinton Doe was found in what investigators have called ‘age appropriate’ clothing. His outfit was so unique, it took a group of heavy metal collector groups and web sleuths 3 years to find the exact shirt JCD was wearing. Once the shirt was found, new full-body images of JCD were released to help aid in his identification. This composite was completed in July of 2018. John Clinton Doe had been wearing a black t-shirt with the trademark logo of the heavy metal group ‘VENOM’ on the back with a golden 5-pointed star. The star displays a goat or ram’s head in the center. The shirt contains the phrase ‘Welcome to Hell.’ JCD was also wearing grey urban camouflage fatigues of a small or medium size, a lined plaid-flannel jacket, Bart Simpson boxers size medium / 34, and 1, 1993 Black Nike Air Bound shoe was found near the body, size 9 ½ .
The T-shirt was not the only unique item John Clinton Doe was carrying the night he perished. He was wearing a goat pendant made out of a dinner fork. The pendant was traced back to a local craftsmen from Janesville in 2010. He still had in his possession similar pendants he had crafted. He told investigators he handed out or sold at least a dozen of the same pendant. He was corporative and gave police all the names he could remember. The names provided however did not aid in identifying John Clinton Doe. The craftsmen did not recognize the sketch of JCD.
Upon discovery of John Clinton Doe, a few witnesses came forward and told police they saw a man who was distraught and intoxicated running in and out of Turtle Creek on October 16 1994 around 5:30 pm. This occurred near the location of where JCDs remains were located. This man has been dubbed the ‘River Guy.’ The individuals who saw this man have back yards or decks that overlook the creek. All witnesses agree he was wearing a plaid-flannel jacket but differ in opinion when it comes to remembering River Guy’s pants. Some say he was wearing jeans while others remembered camo. One witness said she saw River Guy fall into the creek 2-3 times when trying to climb up a steep embankment. He saw her watching and shouted to get away from him and that he was a fugitive she’d recognize in the paper. Other witnesses reported he was upset and yelling about how someone named ‘Mary’ had wronged him.
Authorities believe River Guy and John Clinton Doe are one in the same. The description of the two men are very similar, both having shoulder-length hair and similar clothing. The witnesses however described River Guy as having a scruffy 5:00 shadow which is questionable for the age approximation of JCD. This odd encounter does match up with the 1st determination that JCD had been deceased for at least a year before being discovered. If you consider the more recent scientific findings of him having perished as late as May of 1995, the timing raises some doubt as to if the two men are the same.
In May of 2014, the Rock County’s coroner’s office sent a bone fragment belonging to John Clinton Doe to The Smithsonian in Washington DC. The Bone fragment underwent a Stable Isotope Analysis. This test looks for the chemical components in the bone that come from the water a person had been exposed to. The results are then matched against the chemical signature from water sources in North America. Through this test, scientists concluded John Clinton Doe was most likely from Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, or Illinois. This confirmed the investigators belief that JCD was likely living near the location of his discovery. It should also be noted that The Smithsonian did this free of charge in an effort to help aid in John Clinton Does identification.
DNA DOE PROJECT:
As recent as September 24 2018, John Clinton Doe has been accepted by the DNA Doe Project. The DNA Doe Project is an all-volunteer organization that accepts donations called through ‘DoeFundMe.’ This allows law enforcement agencies that do not have the resources to test DNA, to submit cases in the hopes of reuniting Does with their families. The organization uses genetic-genealogy to identify Does and have wonderful success stories. Currently, $681 has been raised to help identify John Clinton Doe out of the needed $2400.
Over the course of the investigation, police have eliminated more than 59 missing individuals against John Clinton Does DNA and Dental records. It is inaccurately speculated that no one is looking for JCD. It is possible a missing person’s report was filed and not handed over to the proper agency. It is also theorized that JCD could be a foster child who slipped through the cracks or was too old to be housed with a family. It is unfortunately true in America today for a person to go missing and be discovered as a Doe in the same town. Organizations such as NamUs and DNA Doe Project work tirelessly in the hopes of this not being the case in the future.
If you have information in regards to John Clinton Doe, please contact the Rock County Sheriff’s Office at (608)757-7923
LINKS FOR ADDITIONAL READING:
Find JCD Project:
DNA DOE Project:
FBI Most Wanted:
Official Facebook Page: