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Missing/Unidentified Persons

John "Herrick Lake" Doe

Discovered: April 13, 2010
Location: Herrick Lake Forest Preserve,
Wheaton, Illinois


(Artist-rendered image of how the deceased may have appeared in life. Photo courtesy of Louisiana State University FACES.)


(Photo of Gray Hanes Sweatshirt discovered with the decedent.)


(Photo of the White "Prince Virtue" athletic shoes that accompanied the deceased.)

On April 13, 2010, partial skeletal remains were discovered inside of The Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton, IL. The unidentified remains were determined to be that of a male, who was possibly of Hispanic and/or Native American descent. It is estimated that John "Herrick Lake" Doe was between the ages of 30 and 55 at the time of his death, which was estimated to have occurred between 2007 and 2010. Accompanying the remains was: a Grey Hanes ultimate cotton sweatshirt, size extra-large, with a "Little Nicky" logo, a Black Faded Glory brand polo shirt, medium-sized Black sweatpants, a pair of White Socks, with U.S.A. printed on the top of the socks, as well as a pair of White "Prince Virtue M" athletic shoes, which were size 9.5

This case remains active and open. Over the years Dental Records and DNA have been tested without a match. If you have any information that may lead to the identity of John "Herrick Lake" Doe, please contact: Deputy Coroner Brandon Johnson of The DuPage County Coroner's Office at 630-407-2600 or e-mail: or contact The DuPage County Sheriff's Office at 630-407-2400.
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Baby Hope Doe

Discovered: August 15, 2016
Location: Milton Township,
Unincorporated Wheaton, Illinois

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(Photos above: the black backpack that "Baby Hope" was discovered inside of, as well as the Brown toilet cover and Brown Bath Rug that "Baby Hope" was wrapped inside of.)

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(Photo Courtesy of Parabon Nano-Labs. DNA-rendered image of how "Baby Hope's parents may appear in life.)

On August 15, 2016, landscapers discovered an unidentified female infant's body inside of a black pack at the end of a private driveway in Unincorporated Wheaton, Illinois. "Baby Hope" was wrapped inside of a Brown bath mat and Brown toilet seat cover. The cause of "Baby Hope's" death has been ruled undetermined. Reports indicate that "Baby Hope" took at least one breath after being born.

The DuPage County Coroner's Office has worked in conjunction with The DuPage County Sheriff's Office, as well as the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC.) Pollen testing on the items found with "Baby Hope" indicated that the parents originated from an urban part of Northern Illinois, or perhaps the South Western portion of the Country.

With the help of Parabon Nano-Labs, DNA was used to determine that both of "Baby Hope's" parents were Hispanic. Blood tests also revealed that a medication used to treat Epilepsy was found in "Baby Hope's" blood, which would indicate that the mother suffered from Epilepsy.

On September 22, 2016, "Baby Hope" was buried at St. Michael Cemetery in Wheaton. Numerous Law Enforcement Officers and members of the Coroner's Office attended the funeral. Today, this case remains active and open. If you have any information that could lead to identifying "Baby Hope's" parents, please contact: Deputy Coroner Brandon Johnson of The DuPage County Coroner's Office at 630-407-2600 or e-mail: or Detective Danny Dorpat of The DuPage County Sheriff's Office at 630-407-2207.

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