John Doe 1973. Houston, Texas.




Date Found Aug 9, 1973
Location Found Houston, TX
Estimated Age 15-18
Sex Male
Race White
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Unknown
Estimated Height 5'2" to 5'7"

On August 9, 1973, the skeletal remains of an unidentified male were recovered in Houston, Texas. Based on the condition of the remains, the decedent was likely deceased for 12 months or more prior to recovery. The decedent was white, possibly with Hispanic admixture. He had brown hair approximately 7 inches in length (from the crown). He was found with belted ?Catalina? swim trunks with vertical red, turquoise, gold, and dark blue stripes, with the letter ?C? on the silver buckle (shown above) and a khaki-colored long sleeved t-shirt that tied in the front. The shirt had a large blue and white peace symbol and the letters ?USMC?, and ?L84MF? written underneath the peace symbol. He was also found with dark blue corduroys with a 32 inch waist and a 30 inch inseam, a knotted leather ankle bracelet, and brown leather cowboy boots that were 12 inches in length and had the word ?NEOLITE? on the heel. Examination revealed that the boy had a mild form of spina bifida which may have caused him lower back pain or possibly affected his stride; however, it may not have produced any noticeable symptoms. John Houston Doe is the last known unidentified victim of Dean Arnold Corll, aka ?The Candy Man?, who abducted and murdered at least 29 young males in the Houston area between 1970 and 1973. The reconstruction featured above is an artist?s rendering of what he may have looked like. Anyone with information should contact the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, reference case number ML73-3356.

NCMEC 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).
Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (713)796-6858


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