SAGUACHE COUNTY, Colo. — Investigators are hoping facial reconstruction images of a man who was found dead in 2002 will help identify him and potentially lead to clues about who killed him. 

The body of the man only known as John Doe was discovered off Colorado State Highway 114 in Saguache County on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002. 

Saguache is located approximately 180 miles southwest of Denver.

 The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) assisted the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) with the recovery of the remains. John Doe was found wrapped in a blanket.

John Doe blanket
The blanket that John Doe was found wrapped in back in Oct. 2002.

 The coroner concluded that the cause of death was a homicide. 

A forensic artist recently completed facial recognition sketches of the victim.

2002 John Doe sketch
A forensic sketch of John Doe who was found in dead in 2002.

“Unfortunately, there was no identification, vehicles, or information located with the remains that would not only help investigators to identify the victim, but also locate the person(s) responsible for his murder,” said Sheriff Dan Warwick. “It’s a case that the sheriff’s office has actively worked over the years, and I am hopeful someone will come forward to provide a key piece of information to help solve this case.”

His race and ethnicity remain unknown, but the following information was provided by the coroner.

  • Unknown male, unknown age—possibly between 40 and 60.
  • 225-300 pounds and 6’5” tall
  • Brown hair
  • No tattoos or obvious scars

The victim was wearing black boxer shorts and a black Harley Davidson T-shirt from Fort Washington, Maryland.

2002 John Doe
The shirt that John Doe was wearing when he was found dead in Oct. 2002.

If you have any information on this case or believe you may know the victim, please contact the CBI at 303-239-4211 or the SCSO at 719-655-2525.

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