Investigators hoping for new lead

New sketch released in John Clinton Doe case

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New Look Investigations commissioned a new sketch of a 16-year-old John Clinton Doe in order to submit to foster care homes.

CLINTON — With the help of a new sketch, those looking to solve the missing person case of a Clinton man are hoping for a lead.

New Look Investigations released a new sketch on Monday of a 16-year-old man, now known as “John Clinton Doe.” The skeletal remains of the male were found by hunters at approximately 9 a.m. on Nov. 26, 1995, in a wooded area near Clinton. It was concluded that the male was between 17 and 20 years old. It was concluded the young man was deceased for at least a year, placing his time of death during the fall or winter of 1994.

Jack Friess, founder of New Look Investigations, said he and his group of 11 volunteers had combed through more than 170 missing person reports in the area, finding nothing. Friess said the group started to think that perhaps a missing person report wasn’t filed. After a brainstorming session, the group came up with the theory that JCD could have been an individual in foster care, who aged out and might not have had anyone to issue a missing person’s report.

NLI commissioned the Michigan-based photo and age progression company, Phojoe to create the age-regressed likeness of JCD.

“It is a pretty involved process,” says Age Progression Artist Jovey Hayes in a news release.

It took weeks of work to produce the image, manipulating the facial features using state-of-the-art forensic graphic manipulation and plain, old-school drawing methods to make the 20-year-old JCD look 16, according to the news release.

In August, the investigation agency designed a poster to reach out to heavy metal fans because Doe was found in a T-shirt that featured a heavy metal band. That poster was placed in music stores, local bars and concert halls in the southern Wisconsin area to spark interest in the case.

Friess has been working on the John Clinton Doe case for nearly three years after completing 40 hours of classroom and field training for becoming a death investigator for Rock County’s Coroner’s Office, where he worked for free.

During his time at the office, Friess was able to get a small piece of the victim’s leg bone, sent to the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in Washington, D.C. for research. The process typically would cost close to $1 million, but the museum did the work pro bono.

Friess was let go from the Rock County Coroner’s Office in January 2015, when the medical examiner replaced the coroner’s office. He decided to pursue the case on his own, opening New Look Investigations. He was able to find 11 full-time volunteers through websites like Reddit to work on the case.

To provide information, please contact: The Find JCD Project at 715-498-1632 or Janesville Area Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636.

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