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Sarasota County John Doe was a man found murdered in 1996 in Florida. He is a victim of serial killer Daniel Conahan.

Case

The victim’s skull was brought to the Brown residence by their dog on Plamedon Road in North Port. The homeowners reported that their dog has been bringing them bones from the area for months. Eventually, when a search was conducted by police a day later, the chest and hipbones were found half a mile from the skull’s location. Additional skeletal parts were eventually found in the remote wooded area, with skin only present in the right hand and chest. Per the forensic odontology exam conducted on the remains, it was determined the victim was very muscular with his skull very heavy, suggesting Scandinavian or Northern US heritage. Additionally, there is speculation the victim may have had a drug and/or alcohol problem. While a cause of death could not be known, the medical examiner surmised the victim was mutilated, especially around the genitalia area.

Between 1993-1996, six transient men, were tied to trees, tortured, and killed. In August 17, 1999, Daniel Conahan Jr. was convicted of killing Richard Allen Montgomery, one of the victims of the killings, now dubbed the "Hog Trail Killings", and was sentenced to death. Conahan is generally believed to have committed the other five, but has not been put to trial. Since then, more skeletons, including the "Fort Meyers 8", have been discovered, with Conahan being the prime suspect.  

A formerly unidentified victim of the Hog Trail Killings was Jerry Lombard.

Characteristics

  • Brown hair.
  • Mustache.
  • Well-healed left nasal bone fracture.
  • Very muscular.
  • Teeth in bad condition; multiple cavities and no restorations evident.

Sources

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