Clackamas County John Doe

Unidentified: A series

A.D. Argyle
4 min readJan 21, 2022

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Missing Persons ID 1055 | The Clackamas County John Doe, also known as Estacada John Doe

The morning of March 24, 2005, began like any other for an Estacada tree farmer as they began to spray their estate with pesticides. Although the lush terrain had been cleared just two years before, the land was once again becoming wild. So, it wasn’t until our unnamed tree farmer was knee-deep in the brush that they discovered articles of ragged, dirt-stained men’s clothing. Next, he’d uncover the skeletal remains of a homicide victim.

Photo by Oliver Dumoulin on Unsplash

Nearly 17 years later the remains have only ever gotten the name — Clackamas County John Doe. Without a suspect or cause of death released, the hopes of giving the victim an identity may seem distant.

However, this victim had a family, one that could potentially still be alive. Maybe they’re even in the area, hoping their lost loved one finally reconnects with them. On the chance that there could have been issues at home, it is still likely that they had friends or partners, at some point. Someone had to have known this victim, if only briefly.

Sharing this information, continuing to spread the photos and location, will give this victim even more of a chance of being identified.

So, here is what we know.


When the partial skeletal remains of the 6'5" man were first discovered, authorities revealed that they thought the body had been there for years and may have even been buried. Without much else, police offered images of John Doe’s clothing, jewelry, and other accessories, as well as the location where the remains were found.

The precise location has been listed as: Clear Creek area — 13.6 miles from the border of Mount Hood National Park. With the lot being a private estate, it is reasonable that the public wouldn’t be given an exact location.

Items recovered were as follows:

  • Jeans; five pockets with a zipper
  • Belt with etched design
  • Dark blue jacket with ribbed sides, faux fur-trimmed collar
  • Necklace 1: silver cross
  • Necklace 2: Clear stone pendant

Both necklaces were found in one of the victim’s pockets.

Photo of jacket. Provided by Doe Network.
Photo of the two necklaces. Provided by Doe Network.
Photo of belt still in the jeans. Provided by Doe Network.
Drawing of the belt’s etched design. Provided by the Doe Network.

It is important to note that investigators have never released the victim’s cause of death. Now, whether this is because it was an impossible feat to uncover that cause or they wish to keep key details of the homicide under wraps, we don’t know. Still, they have stated this is a homicide and not a suicide.


Although fingerprints were not recovered, the victim’s DNA was submitted to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and dental records were made from the teeth. Upon further inspection by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office, the victim was found to have evidence of bone spurs, or osteophytes lipping, involving several fingers.

Photo by ANIRUDH on Unsplash

All of these aspects may seem minut now, but as recent developments in other John and Jane Doe cases have shown, science makes incredible strides — we just need to have patience.


It is our duty as members of the true crime community to provide a space for John and Jane Doe cases. Giving a voice to the missing an unidentified is one of the most beneficial things we can do for cases like this. Keeping their names in the light, sharing their stories regardless of the amount of content provided, sends the message to investigators that these people are not forgotten — that their cases are just as important and as relevant as any other.


The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line: 503–723–4949

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“John Doe Estacada.” Missing NPF,

“Clackamas County John Doe (2005).” Unidentified Wiki,

“1438UMOR — Unidentified Male.” The Doe Network,



A.D. Argyle

Ashleigh is a creator from the States that explores social issues and interests.