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John Doe found in Wisconsin grave in 1988 now identified

July 17, 2019
Medical Examiner Patrice Hall, center, speaks during a press conference with retired Sheriff's Department detectives John Zielsdorf, left, and Larry LaPoint, right, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Kenosha, Wis. The body of a John Doe homicide victim found in a shallow grave in southeastern Wisconsin more than 30 years ago now has a name. Kenosha County authorities said Wednesday that the man has been identified as Robert Lyle Schwartz. (Brian Passino/The Kenosha News via AP)
Medical Examiner Patrice Hall, center, speaks during a press conference with retired Sheriff's Department detectives John Zielsdorf, left, and Larry LaPoint, right, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Kenosha, Wis. The body of a John Doe homicide victim found in a shallow grave in southeastern Wisconsin more than 30 years ago now has a name. Kenosha County authorities said Wednesday that the man has been identified as Robert Lyle Schwartz. (Brian Passino/The Kenosha News via AP)

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The body of a John Doe homicide victim found in a shallow grave in southeastern Wisconsin more than 30 years ago now has a name.

Kenosha County authorities announced on Wednesday that the man has been identified as Robert Lyle Schwartz.

Schwartz was born in 1944. His body was found in a shallow grave in Pleasant Prairie by a highway survey crew in 1988, but he was only recently identified, thanks to state-of-the-art fingerprint technology.

The Kenosha News reports authorities believe Schwartz flew to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and was strangled in one of the airport’s parking structures.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth says Schwartz had a criminal past that included running a scam selling worthless shares of silver bullion.

Beth says a suspect in Schwartz’s death is now dead.

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Information from: Kenosha News, http://www.kenoshanews.com

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