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Victim of Houston mass murderer still unidentified 40 years after crime

Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Remaining victim unidentified 40 years after murders

The victim was a white male between the ages of 15 and 19 years old and stood between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall. He had dark brown hair, approximately 7 inches in length, and may have suffered from a minor from of Spina Bifida. He was found wearing a knotted leather ankle bracelet and brown leather cowboy boots with "NEOLITE" on the heel. He was also wearing dark blue corduroy pants, multi-colored stripped Catalina swim trunks with a belt and a khaki long-sleeved shirt that had a large peace symbol and a flag. The back of the shirt contained the lettering "L84MF."

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It was 40 years ago when a mass murderer killed dozens of young boys in the Heights and buried their bodies, but authorities are still trying to identify one of the victims.

Dean "The Candy Man" Corll and two young accomplices abducted, tortured and murdered at least 29 young boys in the early 1970s and then buried their bodies in three different locations, including a boat storage facility. Corll was killed before his crimes were discovered. The two accomplices were able to provide law enforcement with some details about the crimes.

One by one, each victim was identified and their families were notified. At first, the identifications came quickly but then they slowed down until only one child was left to be identified. After 40 years, the identity of the last known victim is still unknown.

The victim was a white male between the ages of 15 and 19 years old and stood between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall. He had dark brown hair, approximately 7 inches in length, and may have suffered from a minor from of Spina Bifida.

He was found wearing a knotted leather ankle bracelet and brown leather cowboy boots with "NEOLITE" on the heel. He was also wearing dark blue corduroy pants, multi-colored stripped Catalina swim trunks with a belt and a khaki long-sleeved shirt that had a large peace symbol and a flag. The back of the shirt contained the lettering "L84MF."

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children refers to this victim as John Houston Doe1973. If you have any information that may lead to the identity of John Houston Doe 1973, call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Calls may be made anonymously.

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