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Bones found in Barron County sent to California for more testing

Barron County (WQOW) – We are learning new details about bones that were found in Barron County back in late 2017.

In early 2018, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department said the bones were likely from a white or Asian male, 35-55-years-old, a height around 5’10” and the person had died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Now, the sheriff’s department is sending the bones to the DNA Doe Project in California to try and find out more information.

The sheriff’s department said the DNA Doe Project is a new initiative that uses genetic genealogy to identify unknown people.

Below is more information from the DNA Doe Project.


On Sunday, December 3, 2017 deputies of the Barron County Sheriff’s Department were called to investigate a fragment of a human skull found on the driveway of a rural residence in Dallas, Baron County, Wisconsin.  According to the resident, his dog apparently had dug up the fragment and brought it home. During a subsequent search of the woods near the house more skeletal remains were located. Following tests conducted by a Texas lab, it was determined the remains were that of a white or possibly Asian male between 35 and 55 years old and standing between 5’8 and 5’11. The deceased had suffered a gunshot wound to the head and the case is considered a homicide.

NamUs ID: UP17363
Date Body Found: December 3, 2017
Race: White/possible Asian
Gender: Male
Estimated Age: 30-65
Estimated PMI: 1-10 years
Location: Barron, WI

Agency of Jurisdiction
Baron County Sheriff’s Department
Jeffrey Nelson, Detective

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