(Press Release) The FBI is working with Madera County Sheriff’s Office to learn the identity of an elderly man whose nude body was found in an olive orchard last month. A second rendering of the man is being released.
Numerous data base searches have so far come up empty. Despite releasing a sketch late last year, John Doe remains a mystery.
“We still have no idea who he is,” says Sheriff John Anderson. “We don’t know where he lived; if he had family.” Sheriff Anderson says it’s still not clear how he died because preliminary autopsy results were inconclusive.
“All we know right now,” he says, “is that the lifeless body of a man was found dumped in an olive orchard four days before Christmas.”
Sheriff Anderson says he is aware that some law enforcement agencies are releasing actual photos of an unidentified corpse, rather than rely on an artist’s rendering, when seeking help from the public. But says he’s not prepared to release a grim photo at this time.
Apart from working a number of angles with Sheriff’s Detectives, a forensic specialist with the FBI has created a second sketch of the man. Sheriff Anderson is releasing this rendering hoping someone might recognize the man and give John Doe a name.
The man is described as a light skinned elderly African American – approximately 60-plus years old. He stood 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 160 pounds. He had brown eyes, a shaved head, sported a salt-and-pepper colored mustache and goatee, had several chipped teeth and some missing teeth. He also had a 8 inch vertical scar between his chest and his abdomen, a small scar across his nose and he also had a condition known as "cauliflower ear" on his left ear.
The man was discovered at around 9:00 a.m. on the morning of December 21, 2011.
His naked body dumped about two rows into an olive orchard near the southwest corner of the Avenue 7 and Road 34 intersection.
Anyone with information is urged to call either the Madera County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 675-7770 or CrimeStoppers at 498-STOP.