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Case File: 2139UMWI

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Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: October 21, 1979
  • Location of Discovery: Shorewood, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
  • Estimated Date of Death: Days prior
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Charred/burned
  • Cause of Death: Unknown
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: Fetus
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 12"
  • Weight: 3 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Unknown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Not available.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Samples submitted - Tests not complete.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: None.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    The remains of a fetus at 6 months gestation was found in the basement incinerator of a multi-unit apartment complex located at 3953 North Maryland Avenue in Shorewood. The umbilical cord was still attached.

    A tenant at the apartment complex was placing some cardboard and newspapers in the basement incinerator to be burned and disposed of. After burning the cardboard and newspapers, the tenant raked through the ashes and noticed a solid mass in the ashes. Upon realizing that the solid mass was the body of a fetus, the tenant called the police.

    Each floor of the apartment complex is equipped with chutes leading to the incinerator and the lobby door of the apartment complex does not lock and is available to the general public.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 414-223-1200

  • Agency Case Number: ME: 1979-1914
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #9567
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs

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    Last Updated: 8/11/13 - By: DD / Hot Case Coordinator


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