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St. Tammany Parish John Doe was a man who was murdered in 2016.


The badly decomposed body was discovered along Highway 90. His arms and one of his legs were removed, possibly in efforts to hide distinctive features, such as scars or tattoos. Due to the location of the body, it is suspected the victim or killer had ties to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The victim is speculated to be either a transient or homeless individual.


  • He had a scar on his chest from bypass surgery.
  • He likely had brown or hazel eyes.
  • He likely had a fair complexion with few or no freckles.
  • He likely had black hair.
  • Per analysis by the DNA Doe Project, the victim was primarily of European, Mediterranean, and West Asian descent.
    • There were traces of Native American, East Asian, and African heritage.

Recent developments

The case has proven to be one of the hardest for the DNA Doe Project as the decedent is believed to be a recent immigrant or child of immigrants from Greece or Turkey. The project has appealed to public for help by releasing the names of several region and surnames tied to the decedent, including:

  • Turkey: Alaçatı/Alatsata and Istanbul with the surnames Samiotes, Vasilakis, Stamatakis, Charouhas and Pagavla.
  • Greece: Andros, Piraeus, Alexandroupoli and Chios with the surname Roussas, Drougas and Thoma.
  • Romania and Moldova: Bucharest and Transylvania with the surnames Lucas and Pipa.
  • Italy: Locana (Piedmont) and Veneto Region (Venice).
  • France: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
  • Some matches with roots in England and Germany.
  • Suffolk County, Massachusetts: the location where his genealogically closest identified relative lives.