Sunday, August 16, 2009

Deceased "John Doe" Found in Spokane 26 Years Ago is Reunited with Son

I found the following story in my local paper. It's absolutely fascinating. You'll want to read it soon, as The Spokesman-Review archives its articles fairly quickly and then they are only available at cost.

A “John Doe” was found dead in a van in downtown Spokane on June 14, 1983. In 2006, thanks to a “cold case” investigation, Spokane County medical examiner’s office staffers discovered his identity: Michael Keith Roberts.

County staffers, along with others in the community, paid for a headstone and held a memorial service for Roberts. The Spokesman-Review did a series of columns in summer 2006 on the “Michael Mystery.”

End of story? No.

Recently, Zak Gilbert, 33, of Fort Collins, Colo., contacted the newspaper. Roberts was Gilbert’s biological father.

Read the full story here.

1 comment:

John said...

This is a great genealogy story. One never knows when your data could help find a family that you have researched.