John Doe #1971: Can You Help Identify This Man?

By Carolyn Berardino

On March 10, 1997, the remains of an unknown Asian male were found in Lake Erie, near the 9th Street pier in Cleveland, Ohio. He had been beaten. He has never been identified, and his killer remains unknown.

Referred to as John Doe #1971, it was determined he was between the ages of 18 and 70. It has been reported that he was both 5’5” and 5’7”, and he weighed about 100 lbs. He was wearing brown pants with a brown belt and several layers, as you can see in the photos below. Among them were a pink undershirt, a thermal shirt, and a white sweatshirt with a “Operation Desert Shield” graphic. He also had on a blue hoodie with yellow stripes and a blue jacket with red trim. He wore blue briefs, gold pajama bottoms, brown socks and black dress shoes, with a brown cap. Visit The Doe Network for more photos.

According to The Doe Network, he had dentures and scars on his chest and leg. It is estimated he died the day before he was found floating in the lake.

Anyone with information on his identity or the circumstances surrounding his murder should submit a tip to the Ohio Attorney General.

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