Circumstances of Recovery:
This skull fragment was found in a remote area of the mountains and is thought to possibly be associated with a 1940s military aircraft that crashed in the area. No other bones or personal property was recovered.
Circumstances of Recovery:
Skeletal remains, designated "John Doe #14-82," found in desert near Twenty-Nine Palms near shallow grave. Artificial right leg (knee and below).
Distinctive Physical Features:
Tattoo On the right, front side of the chest there is a bulldog with "USMC"
Tattoo On the right upper arm appears to be a heart with a banner.
Tattoo Name "Sue" on the left upper arm.
This is from a database off the ME's website. It appears to reference this case and it may be a detail that helps match him to a missing person case.
Acute heroin and cocaine intoxication
Self-administered overdose of heroin and cocaine
Found, Open Area
Estimated Age Group - Adult
Estimated Age Range (Years) - 18-99
Estimated Year of Death - 2007/2008
Estimated PMI - Months
Height - 5' 7"(67 inches) , Estimated
Weight - Cannot Estimate
Other distinguishing characteristics: Known as “Joseph Zale”, to his roommates and acquaintances for 20 years, his identity remains unknown. Most of his teeth are absent. His roommates claim that he was in the Navy in WWII, that he could have been from Pennsylvania, that his last name could have been changed from “Zalenski”, and that he never used a birth date, nor signed his name to any documents. His social security number was false. He worked odd jobs and relied on gambling winnings for financial support.
A random news article about a Joseph Zalenski that was interesting.
The US Army Criminal Investigation Command is offering a $15,000 reward for information about a Jane Doe found in Training area 9 of Joint Base Lewis-McChord Washington 98433 (Pierce County).
On October 13, 2010, the skull of an adult female, approximately 25-40 years old, was
discovered in the vicinity of Spanaway McKenna Highway (WA 507) and Pacific Avenue
South (WA 7) inside of Training Area 9. After an extensive search of the area by CID and
other law enforcement agencies, only a skull and several vertebrae were recovered at the
scene. The rest of the victim’s remains have never been found.
CID wants to stress the most identifiable and notable feature that may lead to the identity of the deceased is a defect of unknown origin on the victim’s front tooth on the lower jaw (pictured above). Although important, the facial reconstruction pictured above is a recreation based on all available forensic evidence and may not be an exact likeness of the deceased. The victim’s race is still unknown at this time, and it is possible that the victim could have been of a mixed ancestry. The Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner estimates the victim to have died between April and June of 2010.
The testing revealed the victim may have spent her childhood/adolescence and the last ten years prior to her death in Oregon or California.
22nd Military Police Battalion (CID)
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WASHINGTON
$15,000.00 REWARD - USACIDC is offering a $15,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the identification of human remains found on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and any circumstances surrounding the victim’s death. On October 13, 2010, the skull of an adult female, approximately 25-40 years old, was discovered in the vicinity of Spanaway McKenna Highway (WA 507) and Pacific Avenue South (WA 7) inside of Training Area 9. Anyone with information regarding this case should immediately contact the Joint Base Lewis-McChord CID Office at (253) 229-3526 or (253) 967-3151 or call the Military Police Desk at (253) 967-7112/7113. Persons with information can also email the CID Crime Tips at Army.CID.Crime.Tips@mail.mil
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