Prince George’s County John Doe (1973)

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On December 6, 1973, the body of an unidentified male was discovered in a wooded area in Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s County, Maryland. The area is located on Old Crain Highway, near Pennsylvania Avenue.


An autopsy was performed upon the body being brought in for examination, where it was determined John Doe had died hours before being found. While his cause of death is currently unknown, pneumonia has been listed as a possibility.


John Doe is described as white, and is believed to have been between 15 and 20 years old. He stood at 5’0″ and weighed approximately 105 pounds. He had brown hair and brown eyes, and his face showed the hint of a faint moustache.

When found, John Doe was wearing a blue and grey cotton jacket with the initials “ELT” on the collar; a green sweatshirt; white undershorts; a pair of socks; brown boots; a brown belt; and grey and white corduroy trousers, which had “Shalom” and other words crudely written on the left leg.

It’s believed John Doe might have been hospitalized in the days prior to his death. However, investigators have failed to say why they think this.


John Doe’s DNA is currently available. However, it hasn’t been submitted.

Those with information regarding the identity of John Doe are being asked to contact Maryland State Police at 410-290-1620. Tips can also be called into the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at either 410-333-3225 or 410-333-3271.

Image Credit: Carl Koppelman/The Doe Network

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