Police Use Their Forces to Identify the Last Unnamed Victim in 1970s Serial Killer


Houston authorities are asking for the public’s help to identify the last unknown victim of the serial killer known as “The Candy Man.”

From 1970 to 1973, Dean Arnold Corll — whose brutal crimes earned him the moniker “the Candy Man” — kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered at least 28 teenage boys alongside two accomplices before burying or disposing of their bodies, authorities said. 

Corll’s only remaining unidentified victim’s remains were discovered in August 1973, and has since been referred to as John Houston Doe. 

Fox 26 reports that authorities plan to use new forensic technology in order to give the remains an identity.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has been working with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in hopes of identifying Corll’s final victim.

Carol Schweitzer, supervisor of the Center’s forensics unit, stated to the outlet that she is confident investigators can find the victim with the help of the public. 

“Somebody out there knows who this child is, somebody does remember him,” Schweitzer said.

He was between 15 and 19, according to unidentified sources. He measured between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall and was likely white or Hispanic. His hair was dark brown.  

Property and clothing listed to have been found with the victim‌ included dark blue jeans, a multi-colored striped swimsuit, brown and black cowboy boots, a tan shirt with a peace symbol insignia and a braided bracelet. Officials confirmed that the victim’s remains were found at Silverbell’s boatshed. 

Anyone with information on the identity of this victim should call the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, 832-927-5500.

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