UNSOLVED LGBTQ+: LARIMER COUNTY JOHN DOE, FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, BETWEEN 11th – 12th JULY 1997

UNSOLVED LGBTQ+: LARIMER COUNTY JOHN DOE, FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, BETWEEN 11th – 12th JULY 1997

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Case Summary

Between the 11th – 12th July 1997 an unidentified LGBTQ+ man was found in the sleeper cab of an abandoned semi-truck in Larimer County, Fort Collins, Colorado. He was found in a state of partial undress and with certain bondage items on and around his body.

 

John Doe’s Bio

Height: Between 5’10 – 5’11

Weight: 160 lbs

Age: Between 18 – 30-years-old

Hair colour: Shoulder length brown hair

Facial hair colour: Reddish brown goatee

Eye colour: Unknown

Identifying Characteristics: A tattoo on his left thumb of “PIL”(see photo), piercings in both ears. John Doe also had a hiatal hernia scar

Clothing: A multicoloured vertically striped long-sleeved button-down shirt, a black t-shirt with bright pink motocross logo that said “Sprucewood Express” (unable to find a matching t-shirt). Rustler blue jeans, white briefs, tan socks, black lace-up ankle high leather work boots and a black baseball cap with the logo “Farley’s Discount Liquors, Idabelle, Oklahoma.”

Cause of Death: Cardiac electromechanical event (possibly as a result of using Amyl Nitrate). Autopsy revealed no evidence of trauma or foul play.

Date and Time of Death: It’s estimated the PMI (post mortem interval) was approximately 7 days before John Doe was found.

CBI Statement on John Doe

Body was found in the sleeper cab of a deserted semi-trailer truck which had been sitting in an industrial part of north Ft. Collins. Autopsy revealed no evidence of trauma or foul play; the bondage and partial undress of the deceased suggests some sort of sexual game was going on when he expired. It is theorized that death may have been due to a cardiac electromechanical event, perhaps as the result of using some illicit inhalant, such as amyl nitrate. The overall appearance of the deceased suggests he may have been homosexual. The manner of death cannot exclude homicide, natural, or accidental causes. *Height is an estimate. If anyone has any additional information please contact the Larimer County Sheriff Office.

Amyl Nitrate

According to the Alcohol and Drug Federation, Amyl Nitrite is a depressant which slows down the messages travelling between the brain and body. It’s classified as an inhalant, and it belongs to a class of drugs known as alkyl nitrites.

Amyl Nitrite is a vasodilator which is a medicine that causes the blood vessels in the body to dilate, and involuntarily relax the muscles, lowering the blood pressure.

It’s not known if our John Doe inhaled this himself, or had been forced to inhale it by the perpator.

 

Tattoo’s and Clothing Items

Image Credit: NAMUS

“PIL” is an English punk band named Public Image Ltd active from 1978. Our John Doe may have been a fan.

A hat was also found, this is the best de-blurred picture we could find, as mentioned above the hate is a black baseball cap, stating Farley’s Discount Liquors, Idabelle, Oklahoma.

UNSOLVED LGBTQ+: THE MURDER OF LARMIER COUNTY JOHN DOE, FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
Image Credit: NAMUS

Location

It was approximated he was found here: 40°35’06.9″N 105°05’03.9″W. Body was found in an industrial part of north Ft. Collins.

UNSOLVED LGBTQ+: THE MURDER OF LARMIER COUNTY JOHN DOE, FORT COLLINS, COLORADO

Contact

If you recognise this sketch, the tattoo, or this hat, or, if you have any information about this case, please call (970) – 679 – 4517 and quote case number 97C – 337.

Larimer Sheriff’s Office: (970) 498-7000

References

Alcohol and Drug Federation – Amyl Nitrate

Colorado Cold Case

Facebook.com/Missing and Unidentified LGBTQ+ Individuals

NAMUS

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