Captain Todd Christiansen
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John Doe - 11/26/95
RCSO Case #95-7116
1994 Artist's Sketch Based on Witness Info
2013 Project EDAN Sketch Based off the Skeletal Remains
On 11-26-95 a deer hunter located human remains in the woods along Turtle Creek in Bradford Township in Rock County, WI. The woods are located on a parcel of land approximately 100 acres that included the woods that was about 15 acres. This area was approximately 1 mile east of State Highway 140 and a ½ mile north of Waite Road.
The skeletal remains were located in a very thick, dense brush area of the woods at the top of a steep embankment, off the south edge of Turtle Creek. The bank rose approximately 12 feet up from the creek. The skeletal remains were covered by leaves and branch fragments. It appeared that the body had been in this location for an extended period of time.
The skeletal remains had partially decomposed clothes on. There was a multi-colored plaid flannel jacket/shirt on the upper portion of the body. Underneath the plaid jacket/shirt was a black T-shirt. On the front of the T-shirt was a logo of a 5-point upside down star with the head of a goat inside the star. The word Venom was at the top of the star and the words "welcome to hell" were printed beneath the star. The design was all gold in color. On the back of the T-shirt was the word "Venom" with head shot pictures of the Venom band members and the word "Black metal" on the bottom of the logo. Venom was the name of a heavy metal band.
The skeletal remains were removed from the scene and examined at the State Crime lab in Madison by a forensic anthropologist and a forensic pathologist. During the examination of the skeletal remains, it was determined that the remains were from a white male between the ages of 16 to 23. It was thought that the age would most likely be in the teens. He was between 5'6" and 5'10", slender build with dark hair. After those examinations, the cause of death was undetermined; however, foul play was not expected.
On October 16, 1994, just over a year before these skeletal remains were located, an unidentified white male was seen running down the middle of Turtle Creek in the area where the skeletal remains were located. This unidentified male was yelling and appeared to be intoxicated. Residents in the area contacted the Rock County Sheriff's Office and reported him. Deputies responded to that area but did not locate anyone. Based on witness information from this incident in 1994, an artist's conception was drawn up and fliers were distributed with this drawing in hopes that someone would recognize the drawing and help identify the skeletal remains.
Since November 26, 1995, the Rock County Sheriff's Office has been trying to identify the skeletal remains. In December 2009, the remains were exhumed and several bone fragments were removed and sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification for DNA testing. In March of 2010, the Rock County Sheriff's Office was notified by the University of North Texas that a DNA profile was developed for the skeletal remains. That profile was entered into the national CODIS files. In 2014, the University of North Texas did additional analysis of the bones and developed a more complete profile. The CODIS files were updated with this profile.
This case is also listed in the following national data bases that are designed to help locate/identify missing persons; NamUs, The Doe Network, Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children, Porch Light International for Missing and Unidentified Persons, and Web Sleuths.
In 2013, Project EDAN drew a sketch of what the person may have looked like in 1995. Their sketch was based off the skull from the skeletal remains.
Over the years, the Rock County Sheriff's Office Detectives have compared our John Doe with missing persons from across the United States and Canada. The Rock County Sheriff's Office continues to work with the Rock County Coroner's Office in identifying these skeletal remains.
Homicide Victim - Virginia A. Hendrickson
F/W 01-25-65 | RCSO Case #88-113029
On the morning of June 5, 1988, Rock County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported homicide at 1112 W. Knilans Road in Rock Township, WI. This location is west of USH 51, just outside the southern city limits of Janesville, WI.
Virginia Hendrickson, the tenant of 1112 W. Knilans Road, was found by her landlord when he entered the home to investigate upon hearing the victim's one-year-old child crying.
The scene showed evidence of a violent struggle. The victim was found deceased as the result of multiple stab wounds. A five inch knife blade was found at the scene and other evidence was collected.
The victim's one-year-old daughter was found unharmed in her crib on the upper level of the home.
Many of the people Virginia Hendrickson knew and associated with were interviewed during the course of this investigation. This included her boyfriend at the time, as well as her estranged husband. Detectives were unable to develop a viable suspect and an arrest has never been made in this case.
Over the years, this case has been featured on several different local news stations in hope that someone will come forward with information that would help lead detectives to the person who killed Virginia Hendrickson. That has not yet happened and this case remains open today.
The Rock County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate this homicide. Anyone having information regarding this case can contact the Rock County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at 608-757-7923, Janesville Area Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636, the Greater Beloit Area Crime Stoppers at 608-362-7463, or text "CRIMES" (274637), key word JACS or BACS, then your message. You can also submit tips through the Janesville Area Crime Stoppers website www.stopjanesvillecrime.com or the Greater Beloit Area Crime Stoppers website www.gbacrimestoppers.com.
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