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Cold Case: John Doe


If you have a tip, call the SDPD Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293. For anonymous tips, call Crimestoppers at 888-580-8477 or submit your tip online.

Facial Reconstruction of John Doe

September 28, 1981

9905 Mira Mesa Boulevard


On September 28, 1981, at about 5:00 a.m., employees at the Big Bear Super Market, located at 9905 Mira Mesa Boulevard, smelled smoke coming from the rear of the business. The employees discovered a fire inside one of the trash dumpsters near the loading dock area. When the fire was extinguished, a deceased male's body was found inside the dumpster.

San Diego Police Homicide Detectives were called to the scene and began investigating the incident. Detectives have been unable to determine the victim's identity and are working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The organization has provided investigators with an artist's rendering of what the victim's physical appearance was believed to be at the time of the incident.

John Doe Bulletin