Monday, May 2, 2016

Who is "Swimsuit Boy?" Unidentified John Doe from Houston, Texas - 1973


UPDATE:  5/09/2020 

As of March 12, 2020, the non-profit organization, DNA Doe Project, has accepted "Swimsuit Boy" John Doe as one of its cases.  DNA Doe Project has successfully identified many other John and Jane Does with genetic genealogy. 

Composite of John Doe, who was found on 
August 9, 1973 in Houston, TX.
He has been called, "Swimsuit Boy," because he was found
wearing a multi-color swimsuit. 
He was a victim of serial killer, Dean Corll.

For nearly 43 years, the identity of this young man has remained a mystery.  

His was one of many bodies found buried in a rented boat shed in Houston, Texas on August 9, 1973. He was a victim of the serial killer, Dean Corll, who killed over 20 boys and young men from 1970 to 1973.

Dean Corll was also known as the "Candy Man." He lured his victims with the help of two teenage accomplices, both of whom are currently serving life sentences in Texas prisons.  Corll's crimes remained a secret until August 8, 1973 when he was shot to death by one of his accomplices. 

Can you help identify John "Swimsuit Boy" Doe?

It is believed he disappeared in 1971 or 1972.  He may have been from the Houston area, like most of Corll's other victims.   

Physical traits:
Age: 15-19 years old
Height: 5'2" to 5'7"
Weight: Unknown
Hair: Dark brown, approximately 7" in length
Race: White or possibly Hispanic

John Doe's clothing.
(Sources: NamUs & Houston Chronicle)

- Multi-colored swim trunks that had a belt with the letter "C" and gold-colored wings on the silver buckle
- Khaki long-sleeved t-shirt with large peace symbol and insignias: "USA" and "LB4 MF" or "LBHMF"
- Dark blue corduroy pants, size 32x30
- Brown leather cowboy boots, 12" in length, with rubber soles, word "Neolite" on the heel.  
- Knotted leather ankle bracelet
In a Houston Chronicle article from 2013, Dr. Sharon Derrick, a forensic anthropologist with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Services, discussed John Doe's possible connection to the military:

If you have any information on this case, please contact:

Harris County Medical Examiner's Office: (713) 796-6774

Case Profiles:
Harris County Medical Examiner's Office, Case # ML73-3356:

NamUs,  UP # 4547:

The Doe Network, Case # 1010UMTX:

Sources of information:

Harris County Medical Examiner's Office, Case # ML73-3356:

NamUs Case profile, UP # 4547:

The Doe Network, Case # 1010UMTX:

Houston Chronicle article, "40 years after Houston serial killings, one victim still unidentified," by Carol Christian, July 26, 2013:



  1. Related - reading about Dean Coryll, Henley & Brooks' murders of young boys, there was a statement that two witnesses saw 3 men matching description burying a plastic wrapped bundle, the size of a human, in Galveston in 1973, during the time of the murders. Apparently, neither Galveston nor Houston police ever went to site and searched for "bundle" or body(s). If this is true, why hasn't this search been carried out? THere were supposedly 44 murders, but only 28 to 30 bodies found (please feel free to correct my facts), and Houston Police, who had bungled the case and ignored ever growing numbers of missing boys during this time, appear to not want to go back and do thorough investigation to make sure all possible bodies have been found. Does anyone know the status of the investigation into possible burial sites per Henley and Brooks confessions and subsequent statements?

  2. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. Anix USA


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