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Smithsonian Institute helping in Rock County cold case

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Photo: Rock Co. Coroner Photo: Rock Co. Coroner
Photo: Rock Co. Coroner Photo: Rock Co. Coroner
Photo: Rock Co. Coroner Photo: Rock Co. Coroner
Photo: Rock Co. Coroner Photo: Rock Co. Coroner
ROCK COUNTY (WKOW) -- The Rock County Coroner's Office is getting some help from the Smithsonian Institute to identify a teenage boy whose remains were found nearly two decades ago.

The skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near Turtle Creek in Bradford Township in 1995.

Authorities believe the boy died in 1994.

The coroner's office sent a bone sample of the young unidentified John Doe, called John "Clinton" Doe, to a lab at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in Washington, D.C.

It will undergo what's known as stable isotope analysis. Stable isotope analysis can eliminate about 75 percent of North American when finding where somebody spent their childhood years.

The test could help determine the region the boy grew up in.

Dr. Christine France says, "We are looking at the chemical components in the bone that are directly transferred from ingested water and attempting to match the chemistry in the bone to an area with drinking water of a similar chemical signature."

The Rock County Coroner's Office hopes to have data back before summer ends.

The time frame for receiving results is largely dependent upon how busy the lab is and how backed up the equipment, mainly the mass spectrometer used in the process, is in the next few months.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Jack Friess at the Rock County Coroner's Office at 608-757-5908.
 

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