Published by The Bee News

September 20, 2023

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On January 22, 1996, two men looking for rocks and running their dogs discovered human remains in a shallow grave, approximately 3 miles north of Stockton Hill Road outside the Kingman city limits. They were located near an unnamed gravel pit approximately ½ mile west of the road, near a large rock formation and under a juniper tree.

Working with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tucson, the victim was identified as a black male, approximately 30-40 years old, 5’10” to 6’1”. Cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the head. Several attempts to identify the John Doe victim proved unsuccessful.

In February 2023, Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Detectives sent a sample from the victim to Othram Inc., a cutting-edge laboratory located in Texas. This was done in the hope of creating a DNA profile to attempt to identify him. Using advanced DNA testing, Forensic Grade Genome Sequencing, and forensic genetic genealogy, they were able to identify the victim as Sherman George from Los Angeles County, CA.

George was known to frequent the desert area in California and in Mohave County, Arizona with his former Army friends. Records show that while serving in the military he was based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina (now known as Fort Liberty). George was estranged from his family, so he was never reported missing. He was last seen by them in late 1994.

Anyone with information regarding this case, and/or George’s military and post-military activities, is encouraged to contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (928) 753-0753 ext.4288, and reference DR# 96-01362.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Othram Inc. for their continued assistance in identifying the John/Jane Doe victims in Mohave County.

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