An unidentified body that's been in the Montrose County Morgue since 1987 is in the process of being identified.
Back in 1987 a body was found at Golden Crystal by hikers. The deceased, a white male, about 40 years old, was found already in a decomposing state.
The Montrose County coroner was holding the body for further investigation by the Ouray County coroner, but nothing ever came of it until now.
Montrose County contacted Ouray county recently to tell them about the body they've been keeping for last twenty or so years.
Officials do not expect foul play in the death of the John Doe. The body has been autopsied and DNA has been sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for hopes the John Doe will be identified. This process is expected to take at least six to nine months.
The Ouray County Sheriff's Office says they've had a few leads called in, one of which is a solid lead. This lead involves numerous coincidences.
The John Doe was found in November of 1987, and just months prior a man with a similar description, Russell McFadden, was reported missing.
The Ouray County Sheriff's Office says solving this case is very important to them and the family of the John Doe.
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