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