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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Easily Amused



This man may have led a simple life, sporting animated cartoon characters on his clothing, but his life got complicated. Someone somewhere out there took offense and wanted him gone.

Hamilton John Doe may have worked in construction. This is an assumption based by the compressed disc in his spine. He also had elbow surgery leaving implanted orthopedic screws and most likely visible scarring. His dental hygiene seemed nonexistent as he had no upper teeth, and several on the bottom had excessive decay and staining.

Based on the Tom & Jerry T-shirt that read “Easily Amused” and the poor dental health of this man, one might draw the conclusion he was homeless. Perhaps at one time he was a construction worker or did similar work that resulted in the spine and elbow conditions. It’s very possible work fell short and he was laid off. Some proud men will leave home to find work and never come back. Could this have been his story?

Hamilton John Doe may have been a mild-mannered individual living on the streets. Unfortunately, his death was anything but mild mannered. He was brutally stabbed to death and then left in garbage bags in a remote wooded area of Hamilton County, Tennessee. A killing this severe suggests the killers wanted to exact retribution against him.

Was he killed because the killers don’t like homeless people? Or was he not homeless at all, but instead somebody important, somebody who knew something he shouldn’t, somebody who had enemies? Enemies who wanted him dead.

Either way his man had family or friends who deserve to know what happened to him. Help us help him find his identity and inform his family about the fate he met on August 28, 2006. Read his profile page to get his physical description.

NOTE: Over 100 missing persons have been ruled out as a match to this man.                  

If you have any information about this man, please contact:

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department
(423) 622-0022 or (423) 209-8884
Case# 06-25230

Please view his profile data: Hamilton,Tennessee John Doe August 2006

Friday, September 19, 2014

Maricopa Arizona John Doe July 2003



My name is Harold….or is it?

My name is Harold. I am a 52 year old Caucasian male, born and raised in Southern Arizona. All of my life, I spent in the fields, working the land – “sun-up to sun-down” as my father used to say.
Sounds like a good introduction, doesn’t it? If only I could tell you that this actually is my story. For all I know, this could be my name, age, and life. Until someone can come forward and identify me, it is all speculation. I don’t know who I am and neither do the authorities. I am really hoping that you, or someone you know, will be able to tell them my name.
So, what do they know about me? I was found on July 25, 2003, but I probably died a year or so before. I am a Caucasian male between the ages of 30 and 70. Unfortunately they don’t know my height or weight or what I was wearing on the day of my death. I did have some dental restoration done to my teeth, and dental x-rays are available for comparison.
My remains (that’s me, Harold Doe) were found in a desert area near South 91st Avenue and West Dobbins Road on the Gila River Indian River Reservation in Maricopa County, Arizona. If you look at a map, this is a little south of I-10, the Salt River, and Phoenix, near Laveen Village.
I know what you’re thinking: isn’t Arizona all desert? Well, not all of it. Around the area where I was found, there are both desert areas and farm fields now. Perhaps it was like that in 2002 as well. If you have ever visited or lived in the Phoenix area during the summer months, you know how hot it can get and what the weather is like. I don’t know if my death involved foul play, but if not, there are several other weather related conditions to consider like monsoons, heat, and dust storms.
If I was a farmer, I may have suffered from heat exhaustion and got lost in the desert with the disorientation that comes with it. Or if I was an older gentleman, perhaps I wandered away from my home and into the desert. Maybe I was disoriented in one of the big, blinding dust storms that come through Phoenix. Being washed away in a monsoon storm is unfortunately also another possibility that happens often during July and August.
No one knows what happened to me. But maybe right now, you’re reading my short story and looking at my likeness, thinking, “I might know this Harold guy.”
Think really hard. Does this likeness remind you of someone? Do you remember a newscast about a man wandering away from home? If I have family out there, I sure would like them to know what happened to me and know that they don’t have to worry that I’m lost or missing anymore.
Do you know me? Can You Identify Me?



If you have any information about this man, please contact the Maricopa Medical Examiner’s Office at the address or phone number listed below and reference Case Number 03-2453.
            701 West Jefferson
            Phoenix, AZ 85007
            Phone: (602) 506-3322

            Fax: (602) 506-1546

Preview his profile data page here: Maricopa Arizona John Doe July 2003

Thursday, September 11, 2014

1,115 unidentified victims, 2,753 lives lost September 11, 2001







 In 2005, the following data was released:
nearly2,800victims
fewer than300whole bodies found
fewer than1,600victims identified
over1,100victims remain unidentified
over800victims identified by DNA alone
nearly20,000pieces of bodies found
over6,000pieces small enough to fit in test-tubes
over200pieces matched to single person
nearly10,000unidentified pieces frozen for future analysis
compiled and published by 911 research


In May 2014, during the transfer of remains to the memorial site, the new york times reported that: 
"of the 2,753 people reported missing at the World Trade Center after the 2001 attacks, remains have not been identified for 1,115 people." 







Saturday, August 30, 2014

THANK YOU CYIM VOLUNTEERS FOR YOUR LABOR OF LOVE



We'd like to thank all of the CYIM Volunteers who labor daily to find resolution for America's Unidentified.  We wish you a very restful and joyful three day weekend.  

Thank you to the entire Missing and Unidentified Community for your labor and efforts to reunite families with their missing loved ones. 





A quick reminder for a safe weekend: 

Please remember to carry identification, an extra cell phone battery and plenty of water.  In the event of traveling make sure to tell your family or close friends the route you’ll be taking, your destination and travel times.  And always be safe!





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In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all offices of Can You Identify Me will be closed on Monday, September 1. Our offices will be open for business on Tuesday, September 2.



Monday, July 14, 2014

Wanted Volunteer Board Members




Our 501c3 nonprofit is seeking new Board Member applicants. If you have experience and would like to help victims of domestic violence, abuse, homelessness, human trafficking please visit our website and read about the services we offer to learn more about what we do.  If interested in serving please contact us via email  for an application. 


Thank You

Friday, July 11, 2014

Can You Identify Me will be ON THE AIR in Las Vegas this Sunday July 13


Listen to Can You Identify Me on the air this Sunday, July 13
on the following Las Vegas radio stations:

KDWN AM 720 11:00 PM

Executive Director, Rebel J. Morris will be joined by 
Board Member, Cathy Terkanian and
Board Advisor, David Van Norman

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Birthday America

Notice of Holiday Hours

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, all offices of Can You Identify Me will be closing at noon on Thursday, July 3. Our offices will be open for business on Monday, July 7.


In the event of an emergency please call 911.  If you have an urgent non emergency please call our offices and leave a voicemail.  Voicemails will be forwarded to staff for monitoring. 



During this Holiday remember to carry identification, an extra cell phone battery and plenty of water.  In the event of traveling make sure to tell your family or close friends the route you’ll be taking, your destination and travel times.  And always please be safe!