Iowa-Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa-UNID

Unidentified White Male

* The victim was discovered on October 25, 2005 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
* Cause of Death: Drowning; no apparent injuries or trauma.
* Formerly Hot Case # 147

Vital Statistics

* Estimated age: 40 – 45 years old
* Approximate Height and Weight: 5′ 8″ – 5′ 10″; 195-210 lbs.
* Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown with gray hair, mustache and goatee. His hair, mustache and goatee were neatly trimmed; his fingernails were manicured. He’d had shoulder surgery.
* Dentals: The man’s jaws, teeth retained.
* Clothing: Tan shorts (size 36), blue trousers (size 38), no shirt, and a yellow and white Relic brand watch. Less than $10 in cash and coins.
* DNA: Samples taken

Case History
The victim was found submerged in the Des Moines River, West Bank, in Des Moines, Iowa on October 25, 2005. The body was found face down, two or three feet from shore, by a passerby. He was drunk when he died. His blood alcohol level was 0.29, more than three times the legal limit to drive in Iowa.

There was a homeless camp on the east bank of the river upstream from where the man was found — next to the west bank just north of downtown. There was some speculation that he’d tried to swim across the river. He did not look homeless.

Investigators inspected all abandoned cars in the area and compared the owners’ heights, weights and ages with the unidentified man’s. There were two possible matches. Neither panned out.

If you have any information about this case please contact:
Des Moines Police Department
or CUE Center For Missing Persons
24 Hour Tip Line (910) 232-1687