There are more than 40,000 unidentified dead persons, or human remains in the United States. Suzanne’s Law requires that law enforcement notify the FBI’s National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) when a young person age 18 to 21-years-old has been reported missing. But, some young people classified as “thrownaway” children – young people told to leave home or abandoned – are seldom reported missing. If this John Doe has no biological family searching for him, will you seek justice on his behalf?
On May 14, 2011, the body of a young male child was found at the end of a dirt driveway on Dennett Road off Route 4 in South Berwick, Maine. The blanket covered body of the deceased was discovered at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening, but authorities believe the body could have been left at the location as early as 7:30 a.m. Police believe the time of death to have occurred approximately two to three hours prior to the body’s drop off.
Physical Description of Unidentified Remains and Clothing
The unidentified body is that of a young Caucasian male between the ages of 4 to 6 years old. The deceased was wearing a “Faded Glory” gray camouflage hooded sweatshirt, a blue t-shirt, khaki or tan pants, and Lightning McQueen sneakers based on the Disney character from the “Cars” animated movie. The weight of the deceased is 45 lbs, height 3′ 8″ tall, with dark blond hair and blue eyes.
Spokesperson for the Maine State Troopers, Lieutenant Brian McDonough, stated a witness saw a dark blue Toyota Tacoma extended cab truck in the area Saturday morning. McDonough also stated the truck bore an undetermined naval insignia on or near the white license plates, and that the driver appeared to be a woman.
There have over 200 tips, but no reports of a missing child fitting the description of child discovered Saturday. McDonough theorizes that the lack of information could result from the deceased and his family being out-of-towners on temporary duty assignment, and are not well known in the community. Police have enlisted the help of NCIS to gain access to Naval Reserve centers and other local military sites.
Authorities state that an autopsy was performed over the weekend, but the cause of death has not been released.
Missing Persons Computer Generated Picture of Deceased and Contact Information
Any information regarding the identity of the deceased should call Maine State Police in Gray at 1 (207) 657-3030.
Information leading to the identity to this John Doe reduces the more than 40,000 unidentified dead by one, and may solve a cold case murder.