RICHMOND, Va.- A automobile clang victim who became known as “Grateful Doe” because of two Grateful Dead ticket stubs in his pocket has been identified more than 20 years after he was killed, dominions said Thursday.
DNA evidence had reaffirmed that the man whose identity remains a source of mystery for two decades is Jason Callahan of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, said Arkuie Williams, a spokesman for the Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office.
Callahan was 19 when he was killed in southern Virginia in 1995. His injuries cleared him unrecognizable and his body was never claimed.
In recent years, the “Grateful Doe” whodunit captured “members attention” of Internet sleuths, who formed sheets dedicated to solving the instance and circulated a computer-generated image of his face.
It was through those sites that Callahan’s family recognized him and contacted sovereignties, said Shannon Michelson, his half-sister, who live in New Jersey. Michelson said she’s both allayed and heartbreaking that her questions surrounding her brother’s disappearing were eventually been answered.
“I’m glad it was solved, but I’m also incredibly sad because I craved so badly to reconnect with him, ” said Michelson, who said she was among various family members who submitted their DNA to improve show his identity. She said she had not find Callahan since she was a child, when their papa and his mother separated.
Callahan’s mother registered a missing person’s report for her son with the Myrtle Beach Police Department in January.
She told experts that she hadn’t discover from her son since June of 1995 when he left to follow the Grateful Dead, according to the paper. Lt. Joey Crosby said she told agents that she didn’t wondering where he had been traveling and wasn’t sure where to file the report.
Callahan’s mother did not immediately respond to a content from The Associated Press on Thursday.
Michelson said Callahan often ran away from residence and that his parents just assumed he was living on his own somewhere.
“No one ever thought to report him missing because they thought he wanted to be missing, ” Michelson said.