Found April 18, 1998 in the Susquehanna River in Manor Twp, Lancaster County
Estimated Age: late 20s to early 30s
Estimated Height: 6'1"
Estimated Weight: 200-240 lbs
Hair Color: unknown
Eye Color: unknown
Distinguishing Characteristics: possible tattoo on his upper right arm
Cause of Death: Fresh water drowning
On Saturday, April 18, 1998, at 12:16 p.m., Manor Twp police were notified by the county dispatcher that two fisherman had found a body floating in the Susquehanna River. He was found in an area known as Turkey Point, where Manor Twp juts out into the river, about 3/4 of a mile downstream of the Blue Rock Road landing.
Initially, it was estimated that the man had been in the river at least two weeks but authorities believe that he may have drowned at long as three months prior to being found, placing the time he would have gone missing as early as January 1998.
Google Earth image of where Turkey Point John Doe was found. Click on the image for a larger view.
Aside from the decomposition, there was no signs of trauma to the body, no signs of foul play and no indication that he had jumped, or been thrown, from a bridge. No clothing associated to the man was ever found and no car was found abandoned near the river.
The reconstruction was created by Dr Graham Hetrick, Dauphin County Coroner, in hopes that someone would recognize the man and come forward. No one ever did.
Turkey Point John Doe now rests at the Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery in Lancaster County.
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