Houston authorities working to ID Candy Man’s last unknown victim

The last unidentified victim of Houston serial killer Dean Corll was found nearly 50 years ago.

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A reconstruction of Houston serial killer The Candy Man's last unidentified victim. 
A reconstruction of Houston serial killer The Candy Man’s last unidentified victim. 

Harris County Institute of Forensics, National Center For Missing and Exploited Children

Houston authorities are trying to identify the last unknown victim of Dean Corll, the Houston serial killer known as “The Candy Man,” Fox 26’s Gabby Hart reported. From 1970 to 1973, Corll kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered at least 28 teenage boys before burying or disposing of their bodies. 

Authorities say they hope to deploy new forensic technology and methods in order to finally identify Corll’s only remaining unidentified victim, whose remains were discovered on Aug. 9, 1973, nearly 50 years ago. 

Carol Schweitzer, who supervises the forensics unit of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said she is confident investigators will be able to figure out who the victim is with the public’s help. 

“Somebody out there knows who this child is, somebody does remember him,” Schweitzer told Hart. 

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has been working with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to discover the victim’s identity. The unidentified male has been referred to only as John Houston Doe since the discovery of his remains. 

Authorities’ forensic examination of John Houston Doe’s skeletal remains have yielded some clues: he may have been white and Latino and had brown hair. He was found wearing a long-sleeve khaki-colored T-shirt and colorful swim trunks and may have had a congenital disability called spina bifida that could have altered how he walked, according to Fox 26.

Schweitzer emphasized that despite how long it’s been since the teen’s body was found, it’s still possible to identify him. “Yes, it’s quickly approaching 50 years, but he still would have colleagues like friends, possibly cousins or siblings that are still alive and that still remembers him,” Schweitzer told Hart.

“Returning the name to this victim absolutely matters,” she added. 


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