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Coroner Turning to Smithsonian to Solve Two Decade Old Cold Case

Remains of teen found near Clinton two decades ago dubbed John 'Clinton' Doe still unidentified.
Jack Friess (left), Rock County Deputy Coroner, Analyst and Dr. Thomas Haas of Mercy Hospital inspect bone (Coutesy Rock County Coroner's Office)
Jack Friess (left), Rock County Deputy Coroner, Analyst and Dr. Thomas Haas of Mercy Hospital inspect bone (Coutesy Rock County Coroner's Office)
JANESVILLE -- The Rock County Coroner's office is asking the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in Washington, D.C. for help in solving a two decades old mystery. 

In 1995, skeletal remains of a teenaged boy were found in a wooded area near Clinton.  His identity has never been determined, but authorities hope a procedure called stable isotope analysis can help provide clues to his identity by determining the geographic region in which the boy grew up.  The process can be used to eliminate about 75% of North America when finding where somebody spent their childhood years, and was recently used to solve a cold case murder in Knox, Co. Tennessee.

Once analysis is complete, Rock Co. Deputy Coronoer Jack Friess plans to distribute facial sketches, one created by a local police artist in 1996 and one created recently by a forensic artist based on the teen's skull, to the media, schools, and law enforcement agencies in the pinpointed area of origin.  Friess’s hope is that someone will recognize the images so then a DNA test could be performed to make a positive identification.  The Coroner’s Office has eliminated more than 59 potential matches based on DNA, dental or other means.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rock County Coroner’s Office at 608-757-5908 OR 715-498-5377 or RCCME@co.rock.wi.us.
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