John Doe, Harvard, McHenry County, Illinois found May 2019 has been identified.

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

***UPDATE***

The “John Doe” was officially identified as Darrell P. Splett, 50, of Ingleside according to the coroner's office, stating that man’s death was not suspicious and the case has been closed. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and all those who knew and love him. We did attempt to locate a picture of Darrell but were unsuccessful.


The McHenry County Coroner’s Office is seeking assistance from the public to identify an unidentified person found deceased in the Rush Creek Conservation Area in May of 2019.  The image depicted here is a computer generated image of what the person might have looked like prior to his death.  If anyone has any information regarding this matter please contact the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. 

This case has not been listed in the National Database for unidentified bodies.


On May 4, 2019, the McHenry County Coroner’s Office was requested by the McHenry County Conservation Police to respond to Rush Creek Conservation Area, Harvard, Illinois, in reference to a death investigation. The death was determined not to be suspicious. The remains are that of an unidentified white male between 50 – 70 years of age. He has short grey head and facial hair. He is approximately 5' 10'' tall and weighs 224 pounds. The McHenry County Coroner’s Office attempted to identify the decedent using fingerprints, dental examinations, and DNA analysis, but were met with negative results. The McHenry County Coroner’s Office in coordination with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Forensic Imaging Unit compiled a digital facial reconstruction. Please reference the attached photograph created using cutting-edge digital technology. If you have any information regarding a missing person resembling this forensic sketch or know the decedent’s identity please contact the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. Chief Deputy Coroner Olivia Zednick at: OAZednick@mchenrycountyil.gov or call 815-334-3347.

The subject was found to be wearing the following clothing items at the time of his death: A black fleece beanie hat A blue/brown "Swiss Tech" coat, size XL A “Carhartt” Collinston style brushed fleece sherpa-lined zip sweatshirt, size XL A black and grey polo t-shirt A grey knit scarf with purple trim Black “Cold Weather Grip” gloves Blue "George" jeans, size 36x32 A brown belt with a silver buckle Blue “Hanes” polka dot boxer briefs A black "Active Ankle" brace on each ankle White and grey socks Black "Asics" gym shoes, size 11





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