Officials Seeks Clues in 2002 ‘John Doe’ Homicide in Saguache

05/31/2019—Law enforcement officials have released facial reconstruction images of a man only known as "John Doe," whose body was discovered off Colorado State Highway 114 in Saguache County nearly 17 years ago, in hopes of identifying the man.

On Saturday, October 19, 2002, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) assisted the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) in the recovery of the remains of an unidentified male of unknown race and ethnicity found wrapped in a blanket and/or quilt. 

A coroner’s examination concluded that the cause of death was homicide and provided the following information about the victim:

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

Additionally, the remains were clad in black boxer shorts and a black Harley Davidson T-shirt from Fort Washington, Maryland. 

“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.”

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. 

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

Saguache is located approximately 180 miles southwest of Denver.