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‘Beaver Creek John Doe’ identified after being found dead in AZ in 2011

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. — Genealogy experts from across the country have successfully determined the identity of a man found dead in Yavapai County more than a decade ago.

“Beavercreek John Doe” was discovered near a hiking area in 2011. His body was found without his wallet, and his identity remained a mystery, even though he had been entered into a national missing person and fingerprint database.

The Center for Investigative Genetics at Ramapo College in New Jersey recently partnered with YCSO and a Utah forensic facility to create a DNA profile.

Genealogy research and “unique circumstantial details” compiled by students in the program revealed a possible match to a man named David Emil Jacobsen.

The coroner used a DNA profile and DNA from one of Jacobsen's brothers, which confirmed the identity of “Beavercreek John Doe.”

Provided by Ramapo University, New Jersey

David Emil Jacobsen

Experts said Jacobsen died of natural causes due to heart complications.

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