Investigators are puzzled by a young man found dead decades ago -- still unidentified.

On April 18, 1973, the body of a male was found in a shallow stream about 180 feet from 1550 Road on the south side of Garnett, Kan.

It’s believed that the young man, maybe 17 to 20 years old, had died two to four weeks before when he was found, according to the Department of Justice. His body is among 25 of people who remain unidentified in Kansas. 

An artist with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created a composite rendering of what John Doe may have looked like at the time of his disappearance.


Missing from: Garnett, Kan.

Missing since: April 18, 1973

Age then: maybe 17-20 years old

Height: 5’8’’ to 5’10’’

Weight: About 140 to 150 pounds

Hair: Brown wavy hair, about 5 inches long

Eyes: Unknown color

Clothing: found wearing blue jeans with a stop sign patch symbol on the back left pocket; black leather belt with large buffalo nickel buckle; waist-length brown corduroy jacket with a zipper closure-size Small (“STURDY WEAR” brand); a green long sleeved button-up shirt-size Small (“J.C. PENNEY” Brand); black leather gloves; a navy blue stocking cap; blue socks; and brown hiking boots (“VOMPER” brand).

Jewelry: wearing two gold rings with crosses; a third ring bearing the numbers “78”; and a silver chain with a large silver cross approximately 2 inches in length. 

If you have information that could help the case, contact the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at (785) 448-5678, the Anderson County Coroner at (785) 204-4013 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) THE-LOST. KAKE News will feature the story of a missing person every weekday in our newscasts at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you have a person you’d like for us to share a story about, please contact Anchor Annette Lawless at [email protected]