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Norman Edward Creech (November 20th, 1957 - c. 1983-1984) was a young man whose remains were discovered on the rocks of the Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel in May of 1984.

He was identified in May 2022 following improved DNA testing on his remains.


In the early morning hours of November 25th, 1983, Creech's neighbors awoke to banging and yelling coming from his apartment before seeing him being beaten by two men outside of his apartment in Sacramento, California. Reportedly, the men were shouting at him to reveal the location of drugs in his apartment, though the noises had stopped around five minutes later. By the time the police arrived on the scene, Creech had disappeared along with the two men assaulting him. According to his family, Creech was a known user and dealer of marijuana at the time of his disappearance with a history of swindling his customers. Though, despite his lifestyle, it was asserted that he had a good relationship with his siblings and it was uncharacteristic of him to cease contacting them.

In May of 1984, human remains would be discovered on the rocks of the Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel during a low tide cycle. At the time, authorities were unable to gather much information on the owner of the remains aside from them belonging to a male of an average build. Nonetheless, he was classified as a 'John Doe' and his DNA was preserved sometime between his discovery and his identification.

38 years later, in May of 2022, Creech was identified as the man found in the ship channel by the Solano County Sherriff's office. Currently, his death is considered suspicious and authorities are appealing to the public to send tips if possible to find his potential murderers.


  • Average build.


  1. Some sources list his name as "Norman Lee Creech". It is unknown if "Lee" is a secondary middle name or a shortened version of "Edward"