Swimsuit Boy

Swimsuit Boy is the name given to an unidentified John Doe who was a victim of serial killer Dean Corll. His body was found in a rented boat shed on the 9th of August 1973 in Houston, Texas, and the location of the boatshed was given to the police by Dean Corll’s accomplice Elmer Wayne Henley. The bodies of two other victims, Steven Sickman and Randy Harvey were also found in the boatshed.

Although Dean and Elmer admitted to remembering most of their murders, they could not remember this particular victim. Because of this, police suspect that John Doe was likely murdered during either Spring of 1971 or the Spring of 1972.

At the time of his death, John Doe was between the ages of 15 and 19. He was around 5″2′ to 5″7′ and was a white male. He was found wearing a grey t-shirt with a blue peace symbol on the front, and “USMC L8MF” written on the back, multicoloured swimming trunks, brown cowboy boots, dark blue corduroy pants and a knotted leather ankle bracelet.

John Doe had brown hair, good teeth health with no fillings, a mild case of spinal Bifida and chronic irritation of the sternal end of the clavicle.

Investigators did receive a tip that the boy’s name may have been Bobby French. The tipster also included several photos of the boy called Bobby French, and police have said it bore a striking resemblance to the John Doe. However, investigators have been unable to locate any of Bobby’s family members, and the person who sent the tip has also never been found.

John Doe was undergoing testing by the DNA Doe Project, but their involvement in the case was put on indefinite hold in August 2020 at the request of the investigating agency.

It has been 49 years since John Doe was found, and he still has not been given his identity. Do you know who he is?

Swimsuit Boy facial reconstruction. Credit: The Morbid Libary
Items John Doe was wearing at the time of his death, along with a photo of the facial reconstruction. Credit: Dark Sleuth


Unsolved, Mystery, Unidentified person, John Doe, Texas, the 1970s, True Crime, Swimsuit Boy, Victim, Dean Corll

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