Author Topic: WILLIAMS COUNTY JOHN DOE: WM, 30-40 - Found in the Missouri River - June 22 1982  (Read 160 times)

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On June 22 1982 an unidentified white male was located deceased in the Missouri River, near the mouth of the Little Muddy River east of the town of Williston.  He was about 5'9 - 5'10, had medium length brown to reddish hair with a full beard which was light on the upper lip and thicker on the chin. He is believed to be between the ages of 30 to 40.

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https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsCountySheriffsOfficeND/photos/pcb.1650360131779552/1650359848446247

06/24/2020
On June 22, 1982, an unidentified, Caucasian, deceased male was located in the Missouri River, near the mouth of the Little Muddy river, east of Williston. Despite a thorough investigation at the time, the male has never been identified. The Williams County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying this man. The male is 5’9 to 5’10, approximately 160 pounds, between the ages of 30-40. He was fully clothed. Included, are photos of the male’s tattoos and their locations on his body and a photo of the boots he was wearing. Also attached is the original article published by the Williston Herald in June of 1982. If you have any information concerning this investigation, please contact the Williams County Sheriff’s Office Detective division at 701-577-7700.
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Article published by the Williston Herald in June 1982.


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Victim had three tattoos on his body






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https://www.kxnet.com/news/local-news/williams-county-looking-to-solve-38-year-old-cold-case-of-unidentified-body/

Williams County looking to solve 38-year-old cold case of unidentified body

by: Keith Darnay
Posted: Jun 24, 2020 / 10:41 AM CDT   / Updated: Jun 24, 2020 / 10:41 AM CDT   

Williams County authorities need your help on a 38-year-old cold case: Identifying a body found in the Missouri River east of Williston in the early 1980s.

On June 22, 1982, a deceased Caucasian male was located near the mouth of the Little Muddy River. Despite a thorough investigation at the time, the male has yet to be identified.

The Williams County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help.

The male was about 5 feet 9 inches tall, approximately 160 pounds and between the ages of 30 to 40.

He was found fully clothed.

Authorities have provided photos of tattoos on the body and a picture of the boots he was found wearing.

If you have any information concerning this investigation, you’re asked to contact the Williams County Sheriff’s Office Detective division at 701-577-7700.

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https://www.kxnet.com/news/local-news/williams-county-sheriffs-office-searching-for-details-about-a-body-found-in-missouri-river-38-years-ago/

Williams County Sheriff’s Office searching for details about a body found in Missouri River 38 years ago

by: Malik Wilson
Posted: Jun 24, 2020 / 06:57 PM CDT   / Updated: Jun 24, 2020 / 06:57 PM CDT   

The Williams County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help identifying a body that was pulled from a river 38 years ago.

In June of 1982, a man’s body was found in the Missouri River just east of Williston.

He was around 5’10” and weighed about 160 pounds.

Authorities say he was likely between 30 and 40 years old.

KX News caught up with Detective Caleb Fry who says they’re using this old case both for training purposes and to bring closure to loved ones.

“We were sitting down as a division and speaking about cold cases that we have and this came up and we thought with all the technological advances and the use in DNA and social media shares that this would be a perfect time to try and get this man identified and bring some closure to a family member or friend,” Fry said.

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Aerial view of the Little Muddy River flooding, Williams County, N.D.


Photo credit: State Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-44-6-28)

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https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/70567

Demographics
Sex: Male
Race / Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Possible First Name --
Possible Middle Name--
Possible Last Name--
Possible Nickname--
Estimated Age Group: Adult - Pre 50
Estimated Age Range (Years): 30-50
Estimated Year of Death: 1981-1982
Estimated PMI--
Height: 5' 8"-5' 11"(68-71 inches) , Estimated
Weight: 140-180 lbs, Estimated

Circumstances
Type: Unidentified Deceased
Date Body Found: June 22, 1982
NamUs Case Created: June 11, 2020
ME/C QA Reviewed--
Location Found Map
Location: Williston, North Dakota 58801
County: Williams County
GPS Coordinates (Not Mapped)--
Found On Tribal Land: No
Circumstances of Recovery: This unidentified male was found deceased, floating in the Missouri River near Williston, ND on June 22, 1982. No identification was found on the body, no immediate signs of foul play were observed. Male had several tattoo's and extensive dental work, to include gold fillings and a root canal. Please review images and descriptions for full information.

Details of Recovery
Inventory of Remains --
Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction

Physical Description
Hair Color: Brown
Head Hair Description: Red/brown in color, shoulder length
Body Hair Description --
Facial Hair Description: Full beard, light moustache, red/brown in color
Left Eye Color: Unknown
Right Eye Color: Unknown
Eye Description --

Distinctive Physical Features
Tattoo: "sex" on right wrist
Tattoo: "Luv You" with you spelt down from the u in luv on upper arm
Tattoo: Piscese/fish with "Love Sherry" in it on ankle

Clothing and Accessories
Clothing: Short sleeve cotton shirt with thin red stripe plaid pattern; "Brushed denim" type light colored jeans
Footwear: Boots were "cutoff" to look like

Investigating Agencies
Williams County Sheriff's Office (701) 577-7700

Agency Case Number: SO-IN2000719
 Levi Cabler, Detective --

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https://www.kfyrtv.com/2020/08/12/williams-county-sheriffs-office-identifies-john-doe-from-1982/

Williams County Sheriff’s Office identifies John Doe from 1982

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - A deceased man who's body went unidentified for 38 years in Williams County has finally been identified.

The Williams County Sheriff’s Office opened the cold case up six weeks ago, and just started forensic investigations when a family member from Montana came forward and helped solve the case.

After reading an article about a body being exhumed at the Riverside Cemetery in Williston Monday, a woman came forward and said the tattoos on the body were something her uncle Philip Peterson would've had.

"We were able to positively identify him through fingerprints. He'd never been reported as missing because his family thought he kind of just left," said Williams County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Detective Caleb Fry.

Philip Peterson’s body was found on the Missouri River east of Williston on June 22, 1982. Sgt. Detective Caleb Fry says the family was happy they finally knew where their uncle was, and they didn’t give the Sheriff’s Office a lot of details about him.

"We didn't really get a very large profile of him; just that he was a fun guy and that he just left one day," added Sgt. Detective Caleb Fry.

The man's body will no longer have to lay in an unmarked grave, because the family is now deciding where he will permanently lay to rest.

The sheriff’s office says they are happy to have been able to get word out so quickly about the case. Detectives say they probably won’t be digging up any more cold cases, as this is the only one they’re aware of in the county.