FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office is hoping a forensics exam, with the aid of anthropologists, will help them identify a deceased “John Doe,” whose body was found over a year ago in the Mare Island Strait near Vallejo.
The body was badly decomposed when it was found on May 5, 2015.
Two sketches were made after the skull was examined by the human identification lab at Chico State.
It has now been determined that the man was Hispanic, between 30 and 50 years old, and between 5-feet-7 and 5-feet-11-inches tall.
Anthropologists also believe he may have been athletic in his youth.
“Due some of the growth that was on the tibia bone, they refer to it as Osgood Schlatter’s disease,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Christine Castillo.
Castillo says any information may result in leads to the man’s identity. He was found with size 13 athletic shoes labeled “Catapult” and was wearing brown corduroy pants.
No cause of death could be determined, but that is a separate from the investigation into his identity.
“We want to make sure we identify that person and reach out to family…that’s what I would want for my loved ones, and that’s what we want for our community as well,” said Castillo.