Woodbury County in Iowa
Sioux City in Woodbury County
Unidentified White Male
Location Where Found: 200 Block of S. Lewis Blvd.
Sioux City, Iowa
Date Found: March 25, 1986
Estimated Date of Death: March 24, 1986
NamUs-UP #: 2621
Description: White male, 40-49 years of age, 5’6″ to 5’8″, 145 to 155 lbs., medium build, blood type A+.
Clothing: Subject was wearing white cotton gloves, brown western shirt, blue jeans, blue cotton socks and tan western boots.
Possessions: Tube of contact cement.
Cause of Death: Apparent suicide; burned body was found doused with gasoline.
Investigating Agency: Sioux City Police Department 712-279-6365
At approx. 9:42 a.m. on March 25, 1986, Sioux City Police responded to a report of a man down under a bridge of an abandoned river channel near Marx Trucking at 220 S. Lewis Blvd.
Marx employees had observed smoke and a noxious odor coming from the area the day before at approximately 5 p.m. Investigators located the body of man — believed to be between 40-50 years of age — burned beyond recognition, with a gas can located between the victim’s legs.
The death is believed to have been caused by thermal injuries suffered during an act of self-immolation (setting one’s self on fire). The body was found doused with gasoline. The decedent’s blood type was determined to be A+.
The Sioux City Police did obtain dental records from the victim’s teeth, which have been compared to numerous missing persons across the country.
As of this date, the subject’s identity is unknown and the case remains open.