Saturday, September 24, 2005

9/24/05 Everyone Deserves a Name

Everyone deserves a name no matter who they are: even a John Doe whose identity has thus far eluded authorities in North Charleston, SC. Surely someone, somewhere, loves him and misses him.

I was contacted by Tamara DiCenzo, a detective with the North Charleston Police Department because of this John Doe. He was found deceased near a grey hound bus station. They have nearly exhausted all of their resources and still can not identify this man.

He is an older white male with a large amount of tattoos. The tattoos cover most of his back and are rather unusual. One of the largest ones reads "South Of Heaven", which is on his lower back. The others tattoos are images of wizards, skulls and other similar depictions. Most of his tattoos would be covered up if he had a mid length sleeve shirt on. He is very well kept and clean.

As soon as the department gave me permission, I sent out John Doe's photos and known information to my contacts in the missing person's field. One of those contacts was Todd Matthews of the Doe Network, mentioned in my "Dead Men Might Tell Tales" posting from two days ago.

Todd sent the photo of the man's face to Wesley Neville, well-known and respected forensic artist. Wesley took the photo and brought John Doe to "life", increasing the possibilities of finding him. The difference between the photo of the deceased John Doe and the "living" one is remarkable!

Perhaps this man will soon have a name, his rightful one, and somewhere, a family will have their answer, even though it is not the one they desire.

If anyone recognizes this man, or these tattoos, please call Detective DiCenzo at 843-740-2862.

I will not post the original photo of the John Doe’s face here, as it may be disturbing for some of our readers. If you wish to view it, and the amazing difference between the original, you may do so here:

Related Links

Doe Network:
Project Edan:

Tamara DiCenzo only knew to contact me because she had heard of Project Jason through Brandy Hanna's mother, Donna. (Her story here: "I Love You Mom,...See You Later.") I reached out to my contacts and they reached out to theirs. If John Doe is identified through this circle of contacts, I think that will be just as amazing as Wesley's photo, and perhaps even more so.

In good news, Brandy was featured in her local newspaper. We are happy for the family to get this exposure. Awareness is the key.

You may read the text of that article here:

As Hurricane Rita makes her unwanted entrance, we pray that the loss of life will be at a minimum.


Blogger Donna said...

kelly the john doe is from north charleston south carolina where i live

11:39 AM  
Blogger Kelly Jolkowski said...

Yes, he is. I allude to that in my comments about how Tamara knew to contact us. I hope someone will be able to identify him soon.


11:44 AM  
Anonymous Tamara DiCenzo said...

Kelly, this is amazing! I saw his life like picture and was in awe as you said I would be. I can not thank you and all of your contacts for all of the help I have been receiving. In your blog you state that we were from North Carolina, if you could just make sure that they know it is South Carolina. That is what I believe the other responder was trying to say. I will be sending you that other stuff shortly. Again, thank you so much for all you have done.


11:07 AM  
Blogger Kelly Jolkowski said...

HI Tami,

I corrected the state information. My apolgies for that.

When I receive the additional data, I will post it on this story.


1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on the doe network they called one of his tattoo's a gargoyle, i actually think it's one of the ozzfest logo's. him being a big slayer fan i would bet he made it to the 2004 ozzfest.

11:12 PM  

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