New information in Jackson County cold case

Identity of John Doe in 1987 homicide identified, law enforcement requesting more information

For nearly 40 years, a homicide in Jackson County, Colorado haunted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Since 1987, the identity of the victim had eluded law enforcement until recently.

According to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the use of Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy, or FIGG, and other advancements in technology allowed sheriff’s office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) and the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to finally identify the victim as 24-year-old Jerry A. Mikkelson.

On October 18, 1987, Mikkelson’s body was disco...


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