Joseph Newton Chandler?- Ohio- 2002 (Deceased)[seeking info] Aug 11, 2016 14:59:29 GMT -5 via Tapatalk
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Unknown (possibly California or South Dakota)
Died c. July 23, 2002 (aged c. 65-70)
Cause of death Suicide by gunshot
Known for Unidentified identity thief
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 160 lb (73kg)
Date of Discovery: July 30, 2002
Location of Discovery: Eastlake, Ohio
Estimated Date of Death: About a week prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Suicide by gunshot
** Listed information is approximate
Estimated Age: 65-70 years old
Weight: 160 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown, graying. He may have worn a wig. He had frontal male pattern baldness.
Eye Color: Gray
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Scar on his abdomen, possibly from a hernia. He reportedly listened to white noise. Suffered from colon cancer.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: Tests submitted, not complete.
Clothing & Personal Items
Additional Personal Items: He wore prescription eyeglasses with Walt Brown frames. Prescription: Sph Cyl axis R. +250 -50 x 18 Add 2.75 L +300 -100 x30. Japan case with Asanuma close-up 55m lenses. Ruby Chemical soldering paste - Columbus, Ohio. Homemade electronic devices (see photos).
Police responded to a call regarding a suicide involving a man named Joseph Newton Chandler III. He had committed suicide in his apartment by shooting himself in the head using a .38-caliber Charter Arms handgun.
The probate courts worked through his estate, which included an $82,000 legacy. Upon contacting his next of kin, a mystery surfaced. The real Joseph Newton Chandler III was killed in a car accident with his parents on December 21, 1945, when he was 8 years old. They were traveling on US Highway 82 from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Weatherford, Texas, to spend Christmas with family.
The decedent assumed his identity September 1978 in Rapid City, South Dakota, when he wrote off for a copy of Joe Chandler III's birth certificate, and applied for his first Social Security Card. He then moved to East Lake, Ohio.
Police believe the decedent and Joe Chandler III would have been about the same age. He used the same birthdate of March 11, 1937, birthplace of Buffalo, and same name of parents as the real Joseph Chandler III. His dental records were made during the 23-year period he went by the alias.
The investigation went on to reveal that at some point he was in California, worked around or was in the US Navy, and had some electrical engineering experience. He moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area in 1979, and moved to his last apartment in 1986. He lived a hermit's life, going only to work and out to eat. He worked as an electrical designer and draftsman. His co-workers were listed as his emergency contacts and executor of his estate.
The decedent listed a sister named Mary R. Wilson who lived in Columbus, Ohio, on his rental application. When investigators went to find her, they found a vacant address.
The handgun he used to kill himself had been purchased at a Western Auto store in Seagoville between 1968 and 1978. The store has been closed for some time and its records destroyed. The gun has never been reported as stolen or missing. Other sources indicated he purchased the handgun three months before his suicide from a Lake County store.
Investigators attempted to obtain fingerprints from his belongings but all were smudged. The U.S. Marshalls are examining several possibilities, including a handful of fugitives, as well as the Zodiac Killer, and inmates who escaped from Alcatraz.
It is believed that the decedent was on the run from law enforcement since at least 1978 and was a violent fugitive.
If you have any information about this case please contact;
Agency Name: Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Thomas Gilson
Agency Phone Number: 216-721-5610
Agency Name: U.S. Marshals
Agency Contact Person: Cleveland Marshal Service
Agency Phone Number: 216-522-4483
Agency Name: Eastlake Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Lt. Tom Doyle
Agency Phone Number: 440-951-1548
Agency Case Number: US Marshalls Case Number: USMS9588705
NCIC Case Number: N/A
NamUs Case Number: UP #13634
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