Scottsboro Police say despite dead end, FBI will help in solving decades-old cold case

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) -- Scottsboro Police say despite a dead-end, the FBI will again run a John Doe's DNA in the hopes potential results will close the police department's 33-year-old cold case.

"Unknown Male." That's the name on the tombstone of a Jackson County John Doe. He was hit and killed on highway 72 in 1981. Police say the man didn't have any identification on him.

Last week the FBI exhumed the man's body to run DNA tests, in the hopes the John Doe was a suspect on the FBI's ten most wanted list. This week, we learned test results were not a match.

After the testing, John Doe was put back in his resting place at a Scottsboro cemetery, and Scottsboro Police are back to square one. "Our mission has not changed," Lieutenant Erik Dohring says, "We're still trying to identify him."

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Lieutenant Dohring says they're using every means possible to do that. "We're working with the FBI and they are taking the DNA code that they have now for John Doe, and they're going to run it through their system and hopefully we can get a hit on maybe one of his relatives," Lieutenant Dohring says.

Investigators say the public is often one of their greatest sources of information. They're turning to them yet again  to solve this cold case. "Anything. Even the smallest little thing, give it to us because it could be the little piece that breaks the case wide open," Lieutenant Dohring says.

Investigators say hoping the public's tips and the FBI's testing will finally put this cold case to rest.

Scottsboro Police can be reached at 256-574-4468.

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