Author Topic: ST. ONGE JOHN DOE: NM, 20-25, found in rural Lawrence County, SD - 19 February 2000  (Read 496 times)


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398UMSD - Unidentified Male

Artistic rendering and sketch of the victim; Victim's clothing

Date of Discovery: February 19, 2000
Location of Discovery: St. Onge, Lawrence County, South Dakota
Estimated Date of Death: Estimated to have occurred in September 1999
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
Cause of Death: Homicide - multiple gunshot wounds to the body and head

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 20-25 years old
Race: Unsure
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" to 5'10"
Weight: Unknown
Hair Color: Unknown
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: He had spondylolysis of the 5th lumbar vertebra. This may have resulted in back pain, and possibly a limp or altered gait.

: Available. No dental work and he had a noticeable overbite which would have made it unlikely that his lips would have closed over his teeth at rest.
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Britannia purple and blue striped button-up shirt with short sleeves (XL), Spaulding tennis shoes (size 9), a worn brown leather belt with a worn oblong silver buckle (1x2 in. with an inset area in the front which may have held a mount of some type), Bill Blass spring jacket with green and purple horizontal stripes (XL), Wrangler blue jeans of unknown size, tan-colored Stubbies swimming trunks, and white Hanes underwear (size 30).
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery

The victim's skeletal remains were found lying face up and partially covered in a reclaimed landfill in rural, northern Lawrence County. It appeared that the suspect(s) attempted to hide the victim using pieces of scrap lumber found on the site.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Lawrence County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Stacey Smith
Agency Phone Number: 605-578-2230
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: SDFL 00-0055 / DCI0000587

Agency Name: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Detective Randall Rosenau
Agency Phone Number: 605-578-2230
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 00-2671

Agency Name: South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation
Agency Contact Person: Special Agent Pat West
Agency Phone Number: 605-642-1311
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: U780001432
NamUs Case Number: 11458

Information Source(s)