Author Topic: METHUEN JOHN DOE: WM, 35-45, found in a grave at a construction site - 28 October 2000  (Read 148 times)


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576UMMA - Unidentified Male

Date of Discovery: October 28, 2000
Location of Discovery: Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts
Estimated Date of Death: 6 months to 5 years prior
State of Remains: Decomposed
Cause of Death: Homicide

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 35-45 years old
Race: White
Sex: Male
Height: 5'11" to 6'5"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Hair: Brown with some gray, about six or seven inches long, and had a goatee.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Thin build.

Dentals: Available.Most of his molars were missing on the top and bottom, resulting in a wide space in the middle of his teeth on the bottom.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Maverick blue jeans with a 34-inch waist; Texas Steer black, construction boots, approximately size 12; a blue long sleeve shirt with white stripes, similar to what a mechanic might wear, with a rag in the pocket. He was also wearing a navy blue t-shirt, and size 32 Fruit of the Loom briefs. The boots and blue jeans used to be sold at Kmart stores.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery
The victim was murdered and buried in a in a four foot deep grave at a construction site in Methuen, MA. The body was discovered wrapped in a blanket. The land sits at the corner of Pelham Street and Aegean Drive, across the street from the Nabisco plant, in the Marsh Corner neighborhood.

At the time there wasn't much at the location. But it is close to two major highways, and just minutes from the New Hampshire border. The grave is located close to a dirt road that once led right to this spot.

Police think the man might be from another part of the country because of the way he was dressed. Maverick blue jeans and Texas Steer black boots were not common clothes in the Boston area. The man had work rags in his pocket, all potential clues to what he did for a living.

There is a possibility he was some kind of mechanic or somebody who worked with his hands. There were some items found on his person that led police to believe a he was a mechanic, a truck driver or a biker.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Agency Contact Person: Joseph Cahill
Agency Phone Number: 617-267-6767 ext. 2232 or 617-267-6767
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 2000-3107

Agency Name: Massachusetts State Police
Agency Contact Person: Detective Sgt. Barry Brodette
Agency Phone Number: 978-745-8908
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

Agency Name: Methuen Police Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 978-794-3242
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 14202

Information Source(s)
Methuen Police Department
Fox 25

Admin Notes
Added: Prior to 2009; Last Updated: 2/25/18