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Unidentified People

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office has investigated countless deaths in Milwaukee County. During these investigations, we attempt to obtain a positive identification on the deceased individual and find family (next of kin) to notify them of their family member’s death. A positive identification can be made by visually identifying the deceased individual in person or from a photograph taken of the deceased individual after death. Unique tattoos or unique features on the deceased’s body can also assist in making a positive identification. More scientific methods of identification include DNA testing and comparing fingerprints or dental records taken prior to their death.

The following are cases where the Medical Examiner’s Office was unable to identify the deceased person or find any of their family members.

We use the National Institute of Justice's NamUs database. Coroners and medical examiner offices or law enforcement agencies can enter information for unidentified people into the NamUs database and hopefully match them with missing persons who have also been entered into the NamUs database. The following cases have all been entered into NamUs.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to the unidentified people listed, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator. An investigator is available by telephone 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.
 

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Unidentified Cases

The following cases may contain pictures and information on deceased individuals who died in Milwaukee County and are currently unidentified. The pictures range from color or black and white profile pictures of the deceased, tattoos, personal items and newspaper articles.

These pictures are posted in hopes of identifying these people and bringing closure to their families. Some of these images and information may be disturbing.

Unidentified Adults

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  Body found 12/04/1998 - Asian Male - 28-87 years old

NO PROFILE PICTURE AVAILABLE 

NamUs Case Number: 7709

ME Case Number: 1998-2676

Race: Asian

Gender: Male

Height: 4 feet, 11 inches

Weight: Unknown

Age Range: 28 – 87 years

This unidentified ale skeleton was found on December 4, 1998, by a pest control inspector at the Thielan Tanning Company located under the 27th Street Viaduct in Milwaukee. The skeleton was found outside and was sheltered by steel plates that were leaning against a wall. The man had been wearing a pair of scrub pants from the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

 

View the full case on the NamUs website.

 

 

 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Newspaper article from 1998

Copyright © 2011 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  Body found 08/20/1986 - White Male - 20-50 years old *VIEWER DISCRETION*

NO PROFILE PICTURE AVAILABLE

NamUs Case Number: 4782
ME Case Number: 1986-1628

Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5 feet, 7 inches
Weight: 150 pounds
Age Range: 20 – 50 years
 
This unidentified white male was found floating in Lake Michigan on August 20, 1986, near Bender Park located at 4800 East Oakwood Road in Oak Creek. He was nude and had no identification on him. The unidentified male had dental work done and had three tattoos that consisted of: “CHICANO” located to the left hand, a cross located on the left index finger and “HC” located to the right hand.
 
If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

View the full case on the NamUs website.
 

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                                           A tattoo that states “CHICANO” located to the left hand

 

                               Original Picture                                                                   Altered Picture

                                                   A cross tattoo located on the left index finger

 

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                                                        A tattoo that states “HC” located to the right hand

  Body found 03/16/1982 - African American Female - 15-29 years old

NamUs Case Number: 7640

ME Case Number: 1982-0533

Race: African American

Gender: Female

Height: 5 feet, 4 inches

Weight: 137 pounds

Age Range: 15 – 29 years

This unidentified African American female was found floating in the Milwaukee River on March 16, 1982, near 420 North Plankinton Avenue in Milwaukee. An off-duty fire fighter went to check on his boat that was docked at a pier and found the body floating in the river. The unidentified female may have been floating in the river for up to three months.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

View the full case on the NamUs website.

 

  

                   Digitally Enhanced Composite Photo of the Deceased
 

 

                                                        Milwaukee Sentinel Newspaper article from 1982

                                                                                    Copyright © 2011 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  Body found 11/26/1981 - White Male - 40-75 years old *VIEWER DISCRETION*

NamUs Case Number: 7644

ME Case Number: 1981-2173

Race: White

Gender: Male

Height: 5 feet, 11 inches

Weight: 147 pounds

Age Range: 40 – 75 years

This unidentified white male was found unresponsive on November 26, 1981, in a parking lot located at North Milwaukee Street and East Wells Street in Milwaukee. It appeared as if the unidentified male had been sleeping in the parking lot and did not collapse there. He was taken by ambulance to the Mt. Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

 

View the full case on the NamUs website.

 

  

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                                                   A heart tattoo with unknown writing to the lower left arm

                                                         Milwaukee Journal Newspaper article from 1981

                                                                                     Copyright © 2011 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  Body found 09/30/1976 - White Male - 40-60 years old *VIEWER DISCRETION*

NamUs Case Number: 7715

ME Case Number: 1976-1984

Race: White

Gender: Male

Height: 5 feet, 11 inches

Weight: 138 pounds

Age Range: 40 – 60 years

This unidentified white male was found floating face down in Lake Michigan on September 30, 1976, near 900 North Lincoln Memorial Drive in Milwaukee. The unidentified male had no identification on him. The only identifying feature he had was a tattoo to the mid-portion of his upper left arm that stated “Norm” in script writing.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

 

View the full case on the NamUs website.

 

  

 

 

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                                                      A tattoo that states "Norm" to the upper left arm

 

      

Milwaukee Journal Newspaper article from 1976

           Copyright © 2011 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  Body found 07/09/1975 - Male (Race Unknown) - 25-90 years old

NO PROFILE PICTURE AVAILABLE

NamUs Case Number: 7710

ME Case Number: 1975-1391

Race: Possibly White

Gender: Male

Height: Unknown

Weight: Unknown

Age Range: 25 – 90 years

The skeletonized body of an unidentified male was found on July 9, 1975, in the Milwaukee River near the northeast end of the Kilbourn Avenue Bridge in downtown Milwaukee. The unidentified male was found by a construction worker operating a floating crane to remove pilings from the northeast corner of the bridge so repairs on the bridge could be completed. When a piling was removed the body floated to the surface of the water and the police were then notified. At the time the body was found, it was believed that the body was that of a white male over the age of 30. A key was found on the unidentified male and it was later determined to unlock the door of Apartment #309 at the Clybourn Arms Apartments located at 525 North 17th Street in Milwaukee, WI. Further investigation of the contents in Apartment #309 and of the past tenants did not lead to an identification of this individual. Also found with the body was a 1973 pocket calendar from “Cream City Liquor”.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

View the full case on the NamUs website.

 Milwaukee Sentinel Newspaper article from 1975

             Copyright © 2011 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  Body found 05/05/1974 - Female (Race Unknown) - 40-60 years old *VIEWER DISCRETION*

NamUs Case Number: 7792

ME Case Number: 1974-0956

Race: White - Native American, Hispanic or possibly Italian descent

Gender: Female

Height: 5 feet, 2 inches

Weight: 147 lbs.

Age Range: 40 – 60 years

This unidentified white female was found floating in Lake Michigan on May 5, 1974, near the industrialized peninsula of Jones’ Island: Pier #5 in downtown Milwaukee. The unidentified female was found by U.S. Coast Guard personnel who also found a pair of abandoned crutches located in a barrel on top of the pier. She is believed to be of Native American, Hispanic or possibly Italian descent and was wearing a wedding ring that had a inscription of: “Emiliano 28-1-1953”.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

View the full case on the NamUs website.
 

 

 

                               Personal Property: "Mickey Mouse" Watch

 

Personal Property: Necklace with Religious Medallion

                      Personal Property: Ring with the engraving of "28-1-53 Emiliano"

    Personal Property: Plastic holder/case from the "Western Engraving & Embossing Company"

                                                      Personal Property: Wallet

     Personal Property: Key Ring

 

                 Personal Property: Coin Purse

Unidentified Infants and Fetuses

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  Body found 04/26/1990 - Multi-Racial Female Infant

NO PROFILE PICTURE AVAILABLE

 

NamUs Case Number: 9566

ME Case Number: 1990-0915

Race: White/African American

Gender: Female

Height: 20 inches

Weight: 7 pounds, 8 ounces

Age Range: Full-term Fetus (9 months gestation)

This full-term unidentified white/African American female infant was found dead on April 26, 1990, in the Milwaukee River located in Lincoln Park at 5000 North Milwaukee River Parkway in Glendale. Strangers who were fishing on the edge of the Milwaukee River in Lincoln Park found the fetus when it became snagged on their fishing line that had been cast into the river. Once the strangers reeled in the fishing line, they discovered that the object being reeled in was a human fetus and called the police.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.
 

View the full case on the NamUs website.

 

 

  Body found 11/05/1986 - African American Female Infant *VIEWER DISCRETION*

NamUs Case Number: 7636

ME Case Number: 1986-2148

Race: African American

Gender: Female Infant

Height: 1’ 6”

Weight: 7 pounds

Age Range: Full-term Fetus (9 months gestation)

This full-term African American Female infant was found dead on November 5, 1986, behind a residence located at 5774 North 72nd Street in Milwaukee. The infant was found by a nearby neighbor who went to investigate a suspicious package. The neighbor discovered that the infant inside was dead and notified the police.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

 

View the full case on the NamUs website.
 

  Body found 10/21/1979 - White Male Fetus

NO PROFILE PICTURE AVAILABLE

NamUs Case Number: 9567

ME Case Number: 1979-1914

Race: White

Gender: Male

Height: 12 inches

Weight: 3 pounds

Age Range: 6 months gestation

This unidentified white male fetus at 6 months gestation was found dead on October 21, 1979, in the basement incinerator at a multi-unit apartment complex located at 3953 North Maryland Avenue in Shorewood. A tenant at 3953 North Maryland Avenue was placing some cardboard and newspapers in the basement incinerator to be burned and disposed of. After burning the cardboard and newspapers in the incinerator, the tenant raked through the ashes and noticed a solid mass in the ashes. The tenant discovered that the solid mass was the body of a fetus and called the police. Each floor of the apartment complex is equipped with chutes leading to the incinerator and the lobby door of the apartment complex does not lock and is available to the general public.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

 

View the full case on the NamUs website.

  Body found 02/24/1973 - African American Female Fetus

NO PROFILE PICTURE AVAILABLE

NamUs Case Number: 9568

ME Case Number: 1973-0426

Race: African American

Gender: Female

Height: 8 inches

Weight: 1 pounds, 11 ounces

Age Range: 4 months gestation

This unidentified African American female fetus at 4 months gestation was found dead outside on February 24, 1973, between the front and rear houses located at 1513 and 1515 West Center Street in Milwaukee. A stranger who was trying to locate a resident at 1513 West Center Street found the fetus lying on the ground and called the police. No one had been living in the rear house (1515 West Center Street) and it has been vacant for sometime. The front house (1513 West Center Street) had been recently gutted out due to a fire that occurred at the house in morning of February 24, 1973.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

View the full case on the NamUs website.

 

  Body found 09/11/1971 - White Male Fetus
NO PROFILE PICTURE AVAILABLE
 

NamUs Case Number: 9575

ME Case Number: 1971-1805

Race: White

Gender: Male

Height: 15.5 inches

Weight: 2 pounds, 15 ounces

Age Range: 7.5 months gestation

This unidentified white male fetus at 7.5 months gestation was found dead on September 11, 1971, in a trash can that was located in an alleyway near 2436 West Kilbourn Avenue in Milwaukee. The fetus had been wrapped in a “YMCA” towel and then placed in a “Kohl’s” food bag. A stranger found the fetus when he was rummaging through the contents of the trash can. The police were notified and took the fetus to the Milwaukee County General Hospital were he was pronounced dead.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

 

View the full case on the NamUs website.

  Body found 02/11/1971 - White Female Infant
NO PROFILE PICTURE AVAILABLE
 

NamUs Case Number: 9573

ME Case Number: 1971-0370

Race: White

Gender: Female

Height: Unknown

Weight: 6 pounds, 7 ounces

Age Range: Full Term Fetus (9 months gestation)

This full-term unidentified white female infant was found dead on February 11, 1971, in a 55-gallon wire mesh trash can in Pulaski Park located near East Grange Avenue and South Swift Avenue in Cudahy. A stranger walking through Pulaski Park found the fetus inside a shopping bag on top of a filled trash can. The fetus had been wrapped in some fabric, clothes and plastic bags and then placed inside a shopping bag. The shopping bag also contained some handwritten essays about buffalos that appeared to be apart of a school assignment. The essays contained no names or any identifying features.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

 

View the full case on the NamUs website.

 

 
  Body found 11/16/1970 - White Male Fetus
NO PROFILE PICTURE AVAILABLE
 

NamUs Case Number: 9579

ME Case Number: 1970-2381

Race: White

Gender: Male

Height: 8.6 inches

Weight: 1 pound, 5 ounces

Age Range: 6 months gestation

This unidentified white male fetus at approximately 6 months gestation was found dead on November 16, ,1970 at the construction site of the new expressway leg located at 1320 North Market Street in Milwaukee. The fetus was discovered by a construction worker moving a pile of steel “H-Type” beams. The fetus was found at the bottom of the pile of steel beams.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

 

View the full case on the NamUs website.

 

  Body found 11/13/1970 - African American Male Fetus

NO PROFILE PICTURE AVAILABLE

NamUs Case Number: 9578

ME Case Number: 1970-2364

Race: African American

Gender: Male

Height: 8.25 inches

Weight: Approximately 1 pound

Age Range: 6 months gestation

This unidentified African American male fetus at approximately 6 months gestation was found dead on November 13, 1970, in a communal toilet at a rooming house located at 4067 North 19th Place in Milwaukee. A tenant at the rooming house went to use the communal toilet and found the fetus in the toilet. The fetus had been preserved in Formalin and was autopsied prior to being found. (Formalin is a liquid used to preserve biological specimens.) Residents of the rooming house had no knowledge of the fetus being there and stated that the rooming house is within a block from the Rufus King High School and students frequently use the communal toilet.

If you have any information or leads pertaining to this unidentified person, contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200 and speak to an investigator.

 

View the full case on the NamUs website.

Solved Cases

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  Glenn Servetus Rodgers - Body found 05/30/2012

 

This unidentified male was positively identified on September 30, 2014 as: Glenn Servetus Rodgers.

Date of Birth: 07/07/1954

*No further follow up on this case is required*

*Next of kin has been located and notified* 

NamUs Case Number: 10516

ME Case Number: 2012-2398

Race: African American

Gender: Male

Height: Undetermined

Weight: Undetermined

Age Range: 18 – 80 years

This unidentified African American male was found on May 30, 2012, by a work crew from the City of Milwaukee – Department of Public Works. The Department of Public Works was cleaning and removing debris from inside a sewer catch basin in the alleyway behind 2177 North 40th Street in Milwaukee when they found human remains floating in the catch basin. An identifying feature of the decedent's remains includes a spinal fixation implant device (metal hardware in upper neck) located at the cervical (neck) vertebrae 3, 4, and 5.

 

  

                       Digitally Enhanced Composite Photo of the Deceased
 
  Benika Marie Scott - Body found 09/23/2011

 

This unidentified female was positively identified on March 17, 2015 as: Benika Marie Scott

Date of Birth: 10/12/1982

*No further follow up on this case is required*

*Next of kin has been located and notified*

NamUs Case Number: 10352

ME Case Number: 2011-3961

Race: African American

Gender: Female

Height: 5 feet, 1 inches

Weight: Undetermined

Age Range: 30 – 50 years

This unidentified African American female was discovered by a stranger passing by on September 23, 2011 in an urban environment on the west side of the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Identifying features of the decedent includes a congenital (from birth) nonunion of the posterior arch of the first cervical vertebrae (C1) in the neck, spina bifida occulta (outer part of the sacral vertebrae in the lower part of the spine is not completely closed or formed) and the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis were noted in the feet. She also had short, coarse, and tightly-curled dark colored hair.

  Oliveros Perdomo - Body found 05/22/2001

 

This unidentified male was positively identified on November 24, 2013 as: Oliveros Perdomo

Date of Birth: 08/04/1947

*No further follow up on this case is required*

*Next of kin has been located and notified*

 

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NamUs Case Number: 7504

ME Case Number: 2001-1165

Race: White/Hispanic

Gender: Male

Height: 5 feet, 5 inches

Weight: 183 pounds

Age Range: 30 – 65 years

This unidentified white/Hispanic male collapsed from a seizure on May 22, 2001, at an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting located in the Grupo Vida at 1241 West Windlake Avenue in Milwaukee. He arrived unresponsive at St. Luke's Hospital and never recovered from the seizure. There was no identification found with him.

 

                                  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Newspaper article from 2001

                                                                                         Copyright © 2011 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  David Conner - Body found 06/13/1975

 

 

This Unidentified Male was positively identified on May 3, 2017 as: David Conner

Date of Birth: 07/26/1946

*No further follow up on this case is required*

*Next of kin has been located and notified*

NamUs Case Number: 7641

ME Case Number: 1975-1209

Race: African American

Gender: Male

Height: 5 feet, 8 inches

Weight: 145 lbs.

Age Range: 18 – 45 years

This unidentified African American male was found floating in the Milwaukee River on June 13, 1975, near the Juneau Street Bridge located in downtown Milwaukee. The unidentified male may have been in the water for up to two weeks. He had no identification on him, but did have an Amtrak train ticket in his pocket with the handwritten name of "D. Conner". The ticket was for Jacksonville, FL to Chicago, IL with a departure date of 6-6-1975. The ticket was marked $56.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER

Brian L. Peterson, MD
933 West Highland Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Main: (414) 223-1200

Fax: (414) 223-1237

 

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