Jefferson Detectives Keeping Eye on ’75 Missing Persons Case

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Jefferson County Sheriff’s detectives are still holding out hope that a man found dead in Olympic National Forest in 1975 can be identified.

The man, believed to be between 20 and 25 years old, was found in the Cliff Creek area of the Duckabush River basin, west of Brinnon. He was found with a single gunshot wound to the head, and a .22 caliber rifle was nearby. “The arrangement of the weapon supported by a stick and the remote location strongly suggest suicide,” Detective Joe Nole said.

The man’s body was found about six to nine months after he died, in October of that year. Detectives believe he was wearing new clothes at the time of death, and size 11 1/2 shoes. No identification was found on him.

Dental work to try and determine his identity was conducted, but to no avail. But the sheriff’s office recently enlisted the help of the King County Medical Examiner’s Office’s forensic anthropologist — you’ve probably seen her work before in this story about remains found in Port Orchard — and the photos you’re seeing are recreations they made.

A DNA profile of the man from a leg bone will be logged into a national database. Anyone who might know who the man is may contact Detective Nole, at 360.385.3831, extension 547, or email him at jnole@co.jefferson.wa.us.

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