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Unmarked and sadly unknown John Doe sits in between the graves of Michael Borseth (left) and Joel Dressel. Buried in 2004 investigators believe the man, who was Hispanic in origin, was believed to be in his 40's. (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)

Unidentified body found over a decade ago only case of its kind in North Dakota

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One week before Christmas in 2003, Grand Forks sanitation department workers, on a break to retrieve some baling wire, noticed a man’s jacket in the garbage offload area.


“They pulled on the jacket, and an arm came with it,” said Brian Kroese, current sanitation supervisor. “That’s when they found the body.” He was dead.

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Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.  
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